TRAINING HOST-NATION SECURITY FORCES:
STRATEGIC MISSION FOR THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
LTC Shawn M. O'Brien
US Army National Guard
The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army National Guard, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
This AY-10 USAWC resident student paper examines the opportunity for Army National Guard Soldiers to
train/assist and mentor host-nation security forces. The paper includes:
analysis of the current structure of Brigade Combat Teams augmented for security force
(2) exploration of future challenges of operating in a counterinsurgency environment and of the
development of the Guard to augment the U.S. Total Force by building foreign competency and
(3) background regarding the extent of the experience and partnerships
that the Guard can offer to security force assistance teams.
The paper concludes by offering recommendations
for further development to enable additional citizen soldiers' effectiveness in
contingency operations in the 21st century.
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