Adding Value to Air Force Management Through Building Partnerships Assessment
RAND PROJECT AIR FORCE ARLINGTON VA
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The USAF, along with other DoD elements, has worked for many years with allies and friendly nations to build strong and enduring partnerships, reinforce other nations capacity both to defend themselves and to work in coalitions, and ensure U.S. access to foreign territories for operational purposes. The activities conducted by the Air Force range from the very visible-training, equipping, and exercising with others-to those that are less obvious, such as holding bilateral talks, workshops, and conferences and providing education. Since 2006, DoD has placed a higher priority on these security cooperation activities, which collectively are viewed as being central to U.S. efforts to shape international relations in ways that are favorable to U.S. interests and equities.1 As the demand for security forces continues to outpace the supply, the United States needs partners to improve their own capabilities and be better prepared to confront both internal and external security challenges. As a result, U.S. efforts to build partnerships with foreign countries have evolved from the nice to do category to the necessary one.
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