The National Guard State Partnership Program: Opportunities and Challenges
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
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Current U.S. National Strategy highlights the importance of shaping activities with other nations and cultivating partnerships around the world. One Diplomatic Tool -- The National Guard State Partnership Program SPP -- has been very effective in establishing and strengthening the United States relationships with other nations. This paper reviews and analyzes national strategy documents, defense and service guidance, SPP history and lessons learned, and the findings of the GAO 2012 study of the SPP, entitled State Partnership Program Improved Oversight, Guidance, and Training Needed for National Guards Efforts with Foreign Partners. The GAO study serves as the reference point for determining gaps in the current National Guard SPP, with a specific focus on how to grow the SPP. The paper examines what has been done at the Guard Bureau level since the GAO study and their effects in the field using case studies of long-standing SPPs. Recommendations for new SPPs and how to best develop the SPP are developed from these case studies. The impact of Regional Alignment of Forces RAF as an emerging concept also is examined, and comparisons are made between the RAF and the SPP. The paper concludes with recommendations for continuing the SPPs evolution.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations