An Assessment Model for Foreign Military Relationships: US and Mexican Armies
Technical Report,01 Jun 2018,23 May 2019
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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From strategic guidance to Army doctrine, relationships are the central component to foreign alliances and partnerships that maintain US security. The US Army emphasizes relationships through Security Cooperation SC, seeking a committed security partnership. This desired commitment is especially critical in a complex political environment. How then, is the status of a relationship measured to determine its ability to withstand the countering effects of todays politically complex environment This study proposes to define organizational relationships and create a common lexicon by which practitioners can more accurately communicate trends. As a result, direct assessments can diagnose hidden problems surrounding the SC effort and SC relationships can be directly analyzed. The methodology used is an historical analysis of the US-Mexico political timeline to determine points of military relationship development and sustainment. The analysis reveals three categories of relationships that build enduring commitments cooperative, interpersonal, and interoperable. At the operational level, increased understanding equips commanders for more informed decision making when determining the allocation of limited government assets.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics