Inter-American Defense Board: Human Domain and the 7th War Fighting Function

  • Colonel Matthew D. Anderson

Using the examples of the human domain and the seventh war fighting function this study demonstrates the utility of U.S. multilateral defense partnerships to support and achieve U.S. national security objectives. Specifically, this paper argues that for the U.S. military, multilateral military organizations such as the IADB serve to advance US defense policy interests in the region; establish and deepen mil-mil relationships through programs such as the Regionally Aligned Force; and leverage security cooperation to position the United States as the partner of choice for friends, allies, and fence sitters, while deterring adversaries.