In support of the U.S. efforts, the Air Force (AF) should build partnership programs in
professional military education (PME) schools to achieve goals that would not be accomplished
through the normal State Partnership Program (SPP). Building Partnerships is a new AF core function that involves shaping countries perceptions about the U.S. by sharing information and working together to attain national security objectives. The intent of this research paper is to examine the feasibility of building partnerships in AF PME schools, using aspects of a National Guard (NG) program.
For this case study, the program will be the SPP. The U.S. State Department administers the SPP, and the NG is the lead executor. Since its inception in 1993, the SPP has been a joint venture between NG units and other U.S. foreign allies. As of October 2009, approximately 48 states aligned their NG units with 62 countries throughout the world. One of the major challenges facing the SPP is that many of the countries the NG is partnering with have either weak or failing infrastructures....
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...ucation schools is essential and requires immediate action. The paper presents a two phased approach for instituting the NG SPP into a PME school. It also recommends that the AF should benchmark the ideas and begin integrating them into other AF PME schools where ANG and IOs attend. The concept will afford ANG members and its foreign partners the opportunity to learn about each other’s culture, to work together, and to communicate on a professional and personal level. The relationships developed in an AF PME school can serve as a means for shaping our allies perspectives, behavior, and actions to promote common worldwide security concerns, as well as, to promote the U.S. national security objectives. A bond developed in a PME school today could help make a difference when resolving issues with the international community in the future.
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