State Partnership Program: Improved Oversight, Guidance, and Training Needed for National Guard's Efforts with Foreign Partners
[Technical Report, Congressional Report]
United States Government Accountability Office
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The National Guards State Partnership Program is a DOD security cooperation program that matches state National Guards with foreign countries to conduct joint activities - including visits between senior military leaders and knowledge sharing in areas such as disaster management - that further U.S. national security goals. The program has partnerships between 52 U.S. state and territory National Guards and 69 countries. In fiscal year 2011, program expenditures were at least 13.2 million. The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act directed GAO to study the program. GAO determined 1 the extent to which State Partnership Program activities are meeting program goals and objectives 2 the types and frequency of activities and funding levels of the program and 3 any challenges DOD faces in the programs implementation. GAO collected written responses to questions from State Partnership Program Coordinators at the state level, Bilateral Affairs Officers at the U.S. embassies in the partner nations, and officials at the combatant commands, reviewed documents, and interviewed DOD officials.
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