Utilization of Army Reserve CEF Units for Theater Security Cooperation Activities

Tuesday July 19, 2011

What is it?

The Army Reserve’s Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) program will involve all elements of its staff, subordinate commands and other components in its efforts to "Shape the Future Force." The Army Reserve’s TSC program focuses on enhancing partner capacity, fostering regional cooperation and ensuring peacetime and contingency access for full spectrum operations within a Geographic Combatant Command (GCC)/ Army Service Component Command (ASCC) area of responsibility (AOR). The primary components of ASCC TSC programs are exercises, operations, planning conferences, exchanges, orientation visits, seminars, workshops and senior leader visits.

What has the Army done?

Security cooperation is an integral part of the day-to-day activities necessary to develop and strengthen relationships, and build the security capacity of partner nations and our allies. All combatant commanders and ASCCs actively seek support for security cooperation activities. The Army Reserve currently supports TSC activities in all ASCC AORs, particularly U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Southern Command and U.S. Pacific Command.

Why is this important to the Army Reserve?

TSC programs and activities provide the Army Reserve with opportunities to maintain the unparalleled experience and training levels achieved during almost a decade of war, and it strengthens relationships with allies and partner nations in order to improve each nation's capabilities to deter adversaries. Army Reserve participation in TSC programs and activities will help "rebalance the future force" for full spectrum operations within a GCC/ASCC area of operations, while supporting the National Security Strategy, the National Defense Strategy, and the National Military Strategy.

What is planned for the future?

The Army Reserve will incorporate AGR TSC teams and Major Subordinate Command (MSC) LNOs into ASCC staffs to assist with the coordination and planning of Army Reserve CEF Security Cooperation activities. As operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom conclude, Army Reserve forces will become available for security cooperation activities.

Future deployments will involve security cooperation activities as a priority for building stability and security around the world.

  1. The Army Reserve is best suited to be the "force of first choice" for those activities that are recurring or predictable and support GCC/ASCC Theater Security Cooperation requirements.
  2. AGR TSC cells will help "rebalance the future force" by assisting ASCCs to plan and coordinate the use of Army Reserve capabilities to conduct Theater Security Cooperation activities.
  3. Army Reserve Soldiers are ideally suited for Theater Security Cooperation activities due to their unique blend of military skills (engineer, medical, civil affairs) and civilian skills (educator, police officer, public administrator) which greatly improve their success during security cooperation activities.

Resources:

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