Partnerships & Alliances

Partnerships and Alliances are critical to U.S. Security

a. The nature of partnerships and alliances is shaped by history, culture, current geo-political situations, etc.- There is no “one-size-fits-all”

b. Optimal Partnerships and Alliances may be bilateral or multilateral and may be defined by treaties or other agreements, such as “Strategic Frameworks”

c. Recognize that instability in any sector of the globe can affect American security and that American participation (and, in most cases, leadership) in bilateral/multilateral solutions-including alliances and partnerships-specific to the region and countries involved is required (China, North Korea, the Middle East- including Israel-Palestine and Iran- South Asia, Central and South America, are examples).


NATO remains the most critical and relevant alliance to ensure stability and security in the European AOR and beyond

a. Deterring and Countering Russian aggression.

b. Significance and countenance of, and commitment to Article V (the collective defense clause of the NATO treaty by which an attack on one member is considered an attack on all).

c. NATO Air Policing function as an example of current NATO relevance.

d. Value of NATO operations outside of European AOR (Afghanistan)

e. Ensuring Stability in the Balkans (recognizing the history of unrest and genesis of wider war in Europe).


The U.S. must remain a leader in international cooperation and collaboration to maintain security, promote human rights, and assist in disaster relief

a. Countering and deterring bad actors (i.e., DPRK, Iran, transnational threats) are best accomplished as a coalition or other type of cooperative/collaborative effort.

b. The Norm should be that, except in unusual circumstances, the establishment of joint/combined task forces should contain a full partner international component. 


Interoperability is key to the effectiveness of collaborative deterrence and war fighting

a. U.S. arms sales and transfers must be conducted with a principal purpose of strengthening US-partner mil-to-mil relationships and fostering interoperability and bilateral/multilateral war fighting effectiveness.

b. Congressional oversight of arms and technology transfers, under law, is essential.  

ACNSL Publications – Partnerships

ACNSL Op-eds – Partnerships

Author: Bruce Lemkin – U.S. Arms Sales Are a Means, Not an End 

Author: Bruce Lemkin – Alliances have aided US security from the start

Author: David Zabecki – Germany’s commitment to US security is multifaceted

Partnerships Committee Chair

Mr. Bruce Lemkin, SES


Ambassador Deborah A. McCarthy

Major General F. Andrew Turley USAF

Rear Admiral Charles Harr USN

Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy USA

Rear Admiral David Oliver USN

Major General David Zabecki USA

Ambassador Dennis Jett

Major General Donald McGregor USAF

Ambassador Douglas Silliman

Ambassador Glyn Davies

Rear Admiral Janice Hamby USN

Thomas Countryman, Senior Executive Service

Brigadier General John Douglass

USAF Lieutenant General Karen Gibson USA

Ambassador Kurt Tong

Michael Braun​, ​Senior Executive Service

Rear Admiral Mike Smith USN

Ambassador Pamela White

Ambassador Richard Holwill

Brigadier General Ricardo Aponte USAF

Brigadier General Robert Felderman USA

Major General Michael Wilson USAF

Ambassador Steven McGann