Building Partnership Capacity via the State Partnership Program
General Godfrey Ngwenya, chief of the South African Defence Force (right), Brigadier General Renwick Payne, director of Joint Staff for the New York National Guard (center), and Colonel Dave Martinez, director of Joint Operations, are briefed on New York National Guard capabilities and organization during Ngwenya's visit to the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters. South Africa is paired with New York as part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program in which state National Guards develop bilateral relationships with developing nation's militaries. (Photo:SFC Petibone, NY NG)  



Colonel John J. Jansen
US Army National Guard

USAWC Class of 2010

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 the Air Force, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.



The State Partnership Program, a National Guard supported initiative, is one of the many Theater Security Cooperation programs available that the six Geographic Combatant Commanders use to meet their objectives. This AY-10 USAWC Resident Student author presents the foundations of the State Partnership Program to include its history, goals and objectives, and benefits achieved by using the program.

The paper also explores:

--- whether the program has it reached its full potential as a "Whole-of-Government" tool for establishing enduring civil-military relationships while building partnership capacity across all levels of society to promote international stability and security?

--- what recommendations can be made for areas requiring improvements?

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