Leveraging the National Guard to Build Partner Capacity

  • Lieutenant Colonel William A. Shomento

The National Guard State Partnership Program, Regionally Aligned Forces, and “Smart Power” Teams are all tools that can be used to efficiently and effectively build partner capacity. Each method has strengths that should be maintained, weaknesses that need to be addressed, and risks that require mitigation. However, real security cooperation synergies will be realized when the three methods are coordinated to leverage the already existing long-term partner relationships, regional expertise, and cultural knowledge.