Working with Allies and Partners

Working with Allies and Partners: A Cost-Based Analysis of U.S. Air Forces in Europe

Jennifer D. P. Moroney
Patrick Mills
David T. Orletsky
David E. Thaler
Copyright Date: 2012
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 144
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    Working with Allies and Partners
    Book Description:

    U.S. Air Forces in Europe seeks to build partnerships and partner capacity in Europe. This report characterizes the current policy debate on security cooperation and force posture in Europe, develops a framework to describe the current approach and environment for the USAF in Europe, defines alternative postures for conducting activities, and recommends efficiencies to improve them.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-7983-1
    Subjects: Political Science, History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figures
    (pp. vii-x)
  5. Tables
    (pp. xi-xii)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xiii-xx)

    U.S. European Command (EUCOM) views building partnerships (BP) as its highest theater priority. U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) seeks to build partnerships and partner capacity in the EUCOM area of responsibility (AOR) for several reasons. First, USAFE supports integration of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to help ensure that the United States meets its alliance responsibilities and obligations and maintains leadership in the organization. Second, partnerships help USAFE units maintain their operational readiness. Third, partnerships help the United States build interoperability and partner capacity support to out-of-area operations. Fourth, USAFE conducts engagements with the goal of helping ensure...

  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xxiii-xxvi)
  9. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-6)

    According to the 2010 U.S. National Security Strategy, “the relationships our Armed Forces have developed with foreign militaries are a critical component of our global engagement and support our collective security” (Obama, 2010, p. 41). The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) notes that “central to the security of the United States is a strong transatlantic partnership, which is underpinned by the bilateral relationships between the United States and the governments of Europe” (U.S. Department of Defense [DoD], 2010, p. 57). The QDR identifies building partner capacity (BPC) as a mission of increasing emphasis in U.S. defense strategy, with the need...

  10. CHAPTER TWO The Partnership-Building Role of U.S. Air Forces in Europe
    (pp. 7-28)

    This chapter characterizes the wide-ranging and ubiquitous BP efforts of the Air Force in Europe and, in particular, details and generally assesses the BP-related activities of forward-based U.S. forces. The first section provides an overview of the current force posture and security cooperation debate in Europe as it relates to the Air Force. Subsequent sections describe how USAFE wings engage partner countries, and the authors use results of BP-related reporting systems, interviews with USAFE wings, and surveys of USAFE personnel to identify challenges and opportunities that USAFE faces as it works with partners while meeting operational readiness requirements.

    Security cooperation,...

  11. CHAPTER THREE Cost Analysis of Alternative Force Postures
    (pp. 29-52)

    This chapter presents our cost analysis of alternative force postures to conduct BP activities. We divide the chapter into five sections. The first presents an overview of our analytical methodology. The second offers a representation of the BP activities conducted by each wing that we analyzed in USAFE. We use this representation as the demand for BP activities in the analysis. In the third section, we identify several alternative force postures that could conduct these BP activities. The fourth discusses the details of the cost analysis and cost data. The last section presents the cost of each of the alternative...

  12. CHAPTER FOUR Conclusions and Recommendations
    (pp. 53-58)

    Overall, the study team’s conclusion is that, provided DoD’s priorities do not change and if the United States maintains the current presence and posture in Europe, USAFE’s BP efforts are cost-effective. Our analysis indicates that USAFE forces are doing BP as part of their daily routine. BP permeates the everyday activities of the HQ staff, as well as those of the six wings we surveyed. BP is often included as a core element of USAFE training and certainly contributes to increased effectiveness of coalition operations. Our analysis also indicates some missed opportunities that, if addressed, can help to better capture...

  13. APPENDIX A Survey Results: U.S. Air Forces In Europe Building Partnerships
    (pp. 59-102)
  14. APPENDIX B Operating-Cost Comparisons
    (pp. 103-116)
  15. Bibliography
    (pp. 117-118)