Lessons from U.S. Allies in Security Cooperation with Third Countries

The Cases of Australia, France, and the United Kingdom

by Jennifer D. P. Moroney, Celeste Gventer, Stephanie Pezard, Laurence Smallman

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Like the U.S. Air Force, many U.S. allies work with partner countries on security matters, sometimes even with the same partners, but on a smaller scale. But how, where, and why do these allies engage the same countries? Would working together in particular areas be worthwhile or viable and can specific lessons be learned from their experiences, for example, in the areas of planning, resourcing and assessments? This report explores these questions by examining both the positive aspects and the challenges of the security cooperation approaches of three U.S. allies, Australia, France, and the United Kingdom. These three capable allies are experienced in working with civilian counterparts and benefit from higher-level departmental guidance. They generally do so with relatively small budgets, leading them to learn to economize, pool resources, and take advantage of joint and interagency planning. These strategies can inform current U.S. thinking on security cooperation. They also suggest venues for further collaboration between allies, particularly in the three key areas of staff talks, exercises, and training followed by exercises.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Australia's Approach to Security Cooperation

  • Chapter Three

    France's Approach to Security Cooperation

  • Chapter Four

    The United Kingdom's Approach to Security Cooperation

  • Chapter Five

    Comparing the Case Studies

  • Chapter Six

    Conclusions and Recommendations

  • Appendix A

    Royal Australian Air Force Activities with Foreign Partners

  • Appendix B

    Brazilian Air Force Activities with Foreign Partners

  • Appendix C

    Chilean Air Force Activities with Foreign Partners

  • Appendix D

    Colombian Air Force Activities with Foreign Partners

  • Appendix E

    French Air Force Activities with Foreign Partners

  • Appendix F

    Indian Air Force Activities with Foreign Partners

  • Appendix G

    Israeli Air and Space Force Activities with Foreign Partners

  • Appendix H

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force Activities with Foreign Partners

  • Appendix I

    Pakistan Air Force Activities with Foreign Partners

  • Appendix J

    Republic of Korea Air Force Activities with Foreign Partners

  • Appendix K

    Singapore Air Force Activities with Foreign Partners

  • Appendix L

    South African Air Force Activities with Foreign Partners

  • Appendix M

    United Arab Emirates Air Force Activities with Foreign Partners

  • Appendix N

    Royal Air Force Activities with Foreign Partners

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