'Security Force Triad’ is Powerful Army Tool

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'Security Force Triad’ is Powerful Army Tool

As a land force, the Army is strategically poised to leverage relationships with allies and partners in multidomain competition, but it must continue to proactively build its network, according to the author of a new paper.

Describing the Army’s security force assistance brigades, Special Forces soldiers and the State Partnership Program as a “security force assistance triad,” author Charles McEnany writes that all three are critical to the Army’s “modernization for strategic competition and [multidomain operations].”

McConville Heaps Praise on National Guard

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McConville Heaps Praise on National Guard

The National Guard has “brought hope to America when it needed it the most,” the Army chief of staff said Aug. 27.

Speaking in Columbus, Ohio, before the National Guard Association of the United States’ General Conference and Exhibition, Gen. James McConville heaped praise on the Guard. The Regular Army doesn’t “go anywhere or do anything without the National Guard,” he said. “We cannot do what we do as an Army without the National Guard.”

Africa Command Juggles Adversaries Big and Small

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Africa Command Juggles Adversaries Big and Small

The U.S. military continues to face an array of threats in Africa while keeping its eye on near-peer competitors such as China and Russia, the commander of U.S. Africa Command said.

“We’ve kept events in Africa from derailing. Our primary security focus is China as our pacing threat and Russia as our… near-term threat. We’ve been able to focus on those threats because we haven’t had to focus on Africa,” Gen. Stephen Townsend said July 28 during a media event hosted by the Defense Writers Group. 

Partnerships, Training Key to ARCENT Mission Success

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Partnerships, Training Key to ARCENT Mission Success

Close contact with allies and partners, combined with solid training and education, are the cornerstones to successful missions for the soldiers and leaders of U.S. Army Central, the command’s leader said.

Army Central Remains ‘Hotbed’ of Strategic Competition

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Army Central Remains ‘Hotbed’ of Strategic Competition

American soldiers continue to build relationships with allies and partners as the U.S. Army Central area of operations remains a “hotbed” of strategic competition, said Lt. Gen. Ronald Clark, commander of the Army service component command.

RAND: Russia Continues Developing Ground Forces

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RAND: Russia Continues Developing Ground Forces

Russia has developed its ground capabilities and the ability to sustain its forces, but it is not likely to initiate a large-scale ground war, according to a recent RAND Corporation report. 

In response, the report recommends the U.S. Army strengthen its regional partners’ security forces and consider how to prepare for potential conflict.

State Partnership Program Hailed

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State Partnership Program Hailed

The National Guard Bureau recently marked the 25th anniversary of the State Partnership Program, which promotes U.S. security interests by linking National Guard formations with the armed forces of allied nations.

The program, which began in 1993 as a post-Cold War initiative with 13 partner countries in the Baltic region, has grown into an 80-nation alliance across all six geographic combatant commands between Army and Air National Guard units the 54 U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia.