Building Partnership Capacity: Operation Harmattan and Beyond
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The Air Force Association is planning a remarkable panel discussion Close Cooperation among Allies as part of its National Convention and Air and Space Conference near Washington, DC, in September. The association has invited Gen Denis Mercier, the Arm e de l air French air force FAF chief of staff, and Air Chief Marshal Stephen Dalton, the Royal Air Force RAF chief of air staff, to join Gen Mark Welsh, the new US Air Force chief of staff, on stage. This joint invitation is in step with the US Department of Defense s effort known as building partnership capacity. According Building Partnership Capacity QDR Execution Roadmap 2006, the nation cannot attain its strategic objectives without a unified approach among capable partners at home and with key friends and allies abroad. At the same time, the French and British have national ambitions that drive a deeper partnership with each other and closer ties with the United States. Within this geo-political backdrop, the three chiefs developed their vision to better integrate the three air forces.
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