State partnership program with the nation of georgia


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State partnership program with the nation of georgia

  1. 1. State Partnership Program with the Nation ofGeorgia The State Partnership Program (SPP) experienced its most successful year to date in 2011.The primary goal of the SPP is to establish enduring civil-military relationships that improvelong-term international security while building partnership capacity across all levels of society. The country of Georgia is the largest non-NATO contributor of forces to InternationalSecurity Forces – Afghanistan. In past years, the Georgia National Guard helped train over 2,000Georgian soldiers and has embedded with the Georgian soldiers in Iraq. Today, 18 GeorgiaNational Guard Soldiers comprise the Georgia Train and Support Team which works to prepareGeorgian battalions for deployments to Afghanistan, greatly increasing the combat forcesavailable for this effort and furthering Georgia’s aspirations for NATO membership. This SPP enabled the Georgian government to complete a presidential initiative to develop anational military service academy. The Georgia National Defense Academy was established inthe fall of 2011, and it now serves as the primary commissioning source and critical enabler forforce transformation and professionalization – a strategic priority for the country of Georgia. The SPP was involved from the inception, providing conduits to U.S. military academies forguidance and laying the groundwork for mutual collaboration with North Georgia College andState University. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the two universitiesstating, “The cooperation between the parties shall be implemented to develop civilian andmilitary curricula, internal quality assurance procedures and mechanisms. They will implementstudent and academic staff exchange programs and other joint activities.” The disaster response/interagency coordination efforts within the SPP reached two majormilestones in 2011. In June, Georgia conducted a large, Georgian-led exercise with a controller team. The purpose of this exercise was to provide a forum to the Georgianmilitary and civilian ministries to work together toward a common solution. This successfulexercise is the culmination of over five years of bilateral efforts. The Georgians now have viable interagency partner capacity and the confidence todemonstrate it. In November 2011, the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs volunteered to hostthe 2012 NATO Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Center’s annual disaster responseexercise. This exercise will include 38 countries and over 1,000 participants, allowing Georgia toshowcase their partner capacity. The State Partnership Program will continue to develop this interagency capability whileselecting and developing emerging missions that align with the goals and objectives of the SPPand the partner country.(Word Count 400)