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Building Partnership Capacity through Security Cooperation

What is it?
Security Cooperation is the means by which the Department of Defense encourages and enables countries and organizations to work with us to achieve strategic objectives. Types of Security Cooperation include:

What has the Army done?
The Army’s security cooperation activities are numerous and diverse. In 2007, they included (but were not limited to):

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue its current security cooperation programs and activities and look for opportunities to build partnership capacity and relationships. The Army will continue to assess their effectiveness and institute a management information system that will significantly improve our ability to integrate Army as well as geographic combatant command security cooperation activities. An exciting new initiative is the Global Partners Seminar, a collaborative effort with selected international partner armies to build capacity in underdeveloped regions and countries. The initial work of the Seminar will focus on cooperation in capability assessments, military training and education, and working with security forces.

Why is this important to the Army?
We are in an era of persistent conflict. The challenges to our country’s security are complex and cannot be mastered solely by military means or through US unilateral actions. It is therefore important that the US Army continues its multifaceted efforts that are significantly contributing to improving US relationships with allied and partner nations while simultaneously contributing to both their and our capacity to meet those challenges.