Security Assistance in an Age of Terror
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The U.S. has a wide range of tools at its disposal to cement foreign cooperative relationships. However, none are more relevant or useful than the Security Assistance program. I believe this program is the linchpin to garnering foreign support for the U.S. led war on terror. The various elements of this program can effectively tilt neutral nations toward the U.S. and strengthen relationships with nations that are already friendly toward the U.S.. It is a program that furthers U.S. strategic interests by promoting democratic values, human rights, diplomatic and military partnerships, regional stability, interoperability and access into previously inaccessible locales. Additionally, Security Assistance can dissuade our enemies from taking aggressive military actions. Fighting the war on terror will require strong, effective military forces. A proactive, flexible and robust Security Assistance program is absolutely essential to winning this war. This paper will focus on the important and ever increasing role Security Assistance must play in support of U.S. national goals and objectives in this new age of terror. It will further define the components which comprise Security Assistance, discuss some of the inherent risks and benefits associated with it, compare regional Security Assistance priorities, discuss the political ramifications associated with it and offer analysis and conclusions concerning policy implementation.
- Government and Political Science
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