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Building Partner Capacity at Best Value
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The United States has a new defense strategy. The global strategic environment is changing and defense resources are declining. This has caused the U.S. military to increase emphasis on building partner capacity as a way to achieve strategic security objectives with fewer resources and a smaller force. The new strategy demands that the Army seek strategy alternatives that achieve best value for the resources available. The Army must preserve the capability to conduct decisive operations to win the nations wars. At the same time it must conduct missions to build partner capacity to shape the environment to prevent future conflict. Executing both missions is a requirement of the defense strategy and a dilemma for the Army. The Army must develop solutions that achieve the most toward these two requirements for the resources available. This paper evaluates emerging Army initiatives for building partner capacity in terms of best value. Employing the reserve component as the primary source for BPC missions while focusing active component forces on decisive operations is a solution that allows the Army to effectively meet both the readiness and engagement requirements of the new defense strategy at best value while mitigating strategic risk.
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