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:
- Provide U.S missions abroad with concrete guidance for building support with host governments, key private-sector partners, and the general public abroad.
Establishing Cooperative Training Centers (CTCs) to maintain core competencies derived from U.S. training and expand the host country's ability to share operational knowledge on a regional basis would effectively meet all Outreach Plan objectives. There are three clear advantages to building capacity this way.