Integrating the Full Range of Security Cooperation Programs into Air Force Planning: An Analytic Primer
RAND PROJECT AIR FORCE SANTA MONICA CA
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The U.S. Air Force USAF has a long history of working with allies and partners in a security cooperation context to build the defense capacity of those nations, maintain and acquire access to foreign territories for operational purposes, and strengthen relationships with partner air forces for the promotion of mutual security-related benefits. The USAF and other Department of Defense DoD entities conduct a host of activities with partner air forces, including training, equipping, and field exercising, as well as other less-tangible activities, such as holding bilateral staff talks, workshops and conferences, and table top exercises, and providing educational opportunities. The USAF, like the other U.S. Military Services, has its own niche capabilities for working with partner countries. Naturally, the USAF focuses mainly on aviation-related activities, including air, space, and cyberspace. Many programs or tools are available for use when working with partner countries in a variety of contexts.1 Some of those programs are directly managed by the USAF meaning that the USAF determines the overall objectives and controls the resource allocations.
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