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The Future of the State Partnership Program: Benefits, Policy and Leveraging

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Technical Report

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Air War College, Air University Maxwell AFB United States

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The State Partnership Program SPP began in 1993 with the establishment of partnerships to assist three post-Soviet bloc countries in their democratic transition. The importance of establishing partnerships has been recognized and directed among national strategic documentation. This program creates long lasting relationships built on trust where mutually beneficial training opportunities provide a low-cost approach to security cooperation activities such as training in Defense Support of Civil Authorities. The complex hierarchy that make up the program provides a check and balance system that encompasses the program from inception to engagement opportunities. The first ever Strategic Partnership Program Management Plan is in draft form and should consider including guidelines for seeking interstate capabilities, recommendations for partnerships involving mismatched capabilities, direction for establishment and maintenance of a capabilities database, and the creation an Active Duty AD and National Guard functional manager to manage partnership creation and maintenance. In addition to the vast benefits that the National Guard reaps from the program, the AD Air Force could leverage the SPP to help achieve the Air Force Strategic Master Plan inclusiveness goals of reinforcing the Total Force concept along with strengthening alliances and partnerships.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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