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An Enduring Investment for Global Stability: Establishing Professional Values as the Foundation of Building Partnership Capacity in a Fiscally Constrained 21st Century
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT ADVANCED WARFIGHTING SCHOOL
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In a time of fiscal constraint, when responsible policies will reduce the size and scope of the U.S. military, foreign policy is liable to suffer. Without continued and increased military exchanges that promote professional military development in partner nations, regional and global stability and partnership capacity may decline. Building Partnership Capacity should be matured as part of a major whole-of-government mission set, incorporated into a larger partnership development strategy for the purpose of shaping the environment for favorable U.S. outcomes. U.S. investment in Building Partnership Capacity should focus on the development of professional militaries in select nation-states that will provide the greatest long-term return on the investment. Building Partnership Capacity enhances regional stability, promotes theater security cooperation, reduces risk, and supports positive U.S. foreign policy between the United States and its allies. A decrease in U.S. influence internationally and in international support are potential negative results of ignoring the need for Building Partnership Capacity. This thesis offers recommendations to guide the Building Partnership Capacity selection process. The thesis should be helpful to U.S. military theater security cooperation planners, Foreign Service planners, congressional budget planners, and researchers interested in Building Partnership Capacity through professional military development.
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