Mutually beneficial alliances and partnerships are crucial to our strategy, providing a durable, asymmetric strategic advantage that no competitor or rival can match. - National Defense Strategy
The SPP creates enduring relationships, with engagements tailored to requirements on a country-by-country basis including:
-- Senior Leader engagements
-- Subject Matter Expert exchanges and familiarization visits
-- Cooperative training and exercises
-- Co-deployments [SPP countries have co-deployed forces with their National Guard partners to Iraq or Afghanistan around 80 times since 9/11]
A unique aspect of the SPP is that the National Guard can engage not only with the partner nation’s military forces, but also with security forces and with civilian emergency response and disaster response agencies. This allows commanders to leverage National Guard skill sets in areas such as disaster response and border security.
In addition, SPP relationships can open the door to cooperation in other areas such as education, medicine, agriculture, and law enforcement..
The SPP began in 1993 as an outgrowth of U.S. European Command’s efforts to help former Soviet and Warsaw Pact militaries reform their organizational structures and doctrine along Western lines while promoting respect for the rule of law and reinforcing healthy civil-military relations.
It was highly successful, and over the next 25 years the SPP expanded globally, with focus areas tailored to each geographic combatant command’s requirements.