U.S.-sponsored regional training centers would be an effective investment in global maritime security. Programs in Malta and Kenya provide the blueprint.
The U.S. military has a long tradition of training with partner nations to achieve mutually beneficial security goals. After the United States emerged from World War II as a superpower, that cooperation with foreign militaries was linked to containing Soviet communism. The post-9/11 world has demonstrated that continued international engagement is necessary, so training and cooperation with partner nations remains a critical part of U.S. engagement strategy, especially in the maritime domain. Our international maritime security goals can be achieved more effectively through sponsorship of host-nation, regional training centers. Such Cooperative Training Centers (CTCs) could: