"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
Monday, May 13, 2013
CRS (R41957) The National Guard State Partnership Program (Kapp and Serafino)
The National Guard State Partnership Program: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress by Kapp and Serafino
This is a pretty cool program that not many people know about. Basically state guard units pair up with other foreign countries.
"The State Partnership Program (SPP) is a Department of Defense (DOD) security cooperation
program run by the National Guard. It also serves as a mechanism for training National Guard
personnel. Since the program began in 1992, it has expanded to the point where nearly every state
National Guard participates, as do the National Guard of Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin
Islands, and the District of Columbia."