Accession Number : ADA326908

Title :   International Military Education and Training: A Force Multiplier with Relevance for the 21st Century.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Kratsas, James J.

PDF Url : ADA326908

Report Date : 01 MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : U.S. Security Assistance has been, and continues to be an important policy instrument in the pursuit of U.S. National Security Strategy. In particular, the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program, the smallest component of U.S. Security Assistance, plays a vitally important role in the U.S. Government's ability to engage with, and enlarge a growing community of newly emerging democracies. The return on investment of the IMET program has been documented and recognized as significant. This low cost program has trained and educated many foreign military and civilian students. Their exposure to American culture and values has been viewed as an investment, not only in friendship, but in the student's ability to influence their country's policies and promote U.S. ideals and interests. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, it is imperative that the IMET program be expanded. For the U.S. to succeed in promoting long term stability, encouraging military cooperation in coalition operations, and fostering the growth of democracy and human rights worldwide, we must immediately improve on this already excellent program.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *NATIONAL SECURITY, *MILITARY ASSISTANCE, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, POLICIES, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), CONFLICT, MILITARY TRAINING, INTERNATIONAL LAW, INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS, DETERRENCE, DEMOCRACY.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE