Made in the U.S.A. CONUS-based Security Force Assistance Approaches in the Middle East and North Africa
Civilian research project
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The challenges and opportunities in the Middle-East and North Africa demand new approaches in the U.S. Military s SFA efforts there. This assessment is near universal, but most research and analysis has been focused on advising and assisting partners in their countries, and how to optimize our unit structures and professional competencies to do so. The common belief is conducting SFA forward is the best approach, however we have numerous opportunities to conduct SFA more effectively and efficiently here in CONUS. This paper offers ideas on how to conduct SFA activities here in CONUS that are relatively low-cost and low-risk, yet yield a high return in terms of strategic relationship building and influence with our critical partners in the Middle-East. These initiatives and programs will maximize the strategic opportunities presented by the recent transitions of governments and militaries in the region following the Arab Spring by influencing the emerging strategic leaders of those countries ultimately building, solidifying, and in some cases repairing, the critical military-to-military relationships that will buttress the strategic relationships we have with countries throughout the Middle-East and North Africa.
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