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NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-6; 1 May 2015

The Issue: Reauthorizing and Strengthening the National Guard State Partnership Program

Immediate Action Required: Contact your senators and representatives immediately and ask them to support S. 1126 and H.R. 1614, bills to modify and extend the National Guard State Partnership Program.
More Information: NGAUS strongly supports S. 1126, sponsored by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), and H.R. 1614, sponsored by Representative Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU), bills that would strengthen the National Guard State Partnership Program and build a strong permanent legal foundation for this critical “soft power” global partnership program and eliminate the 2016 termination of the program currently written in law.

The National Guard State Partnership Program supports U.S. national interests and security cooperation goals by engaging partner nations via military, socio-political and economic conduits at the local, state and national levels. SPP evolved from a 1991 U.S. European Command decision to set up the Joint Contact Team Program in the Baltic Region with reserve-component soldiers and airmen. It has grown into a global endeavor, becoming a key U.S. security cooperation tool across all aspects of international civilian-military affairs providing international security solutions in support of national and defense strategy.

The National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP) provides unique capacity building capabilities to Combatant Commanders and U.S. Chiefs of Mission supporting 68 partnerships with 74 partner nations

These bills fortify the FY14 codification of this important program by:
• Expanding operational definition of the program to align with Department of Defense and Department of State global strategies
• Creating one DoD-wide account for funding to ensure oversight and accountability
• Requiring CNGB to define core capabilities, design performance metrics and designate SPP state coordinators
• Requiring annual reporting to Congress on activities, performance and funding
Please contact your senators and representatives and urge them to support these bills.

NGAUS Point of Contact:
Grace Washbourne
Joint Program Manager
202-408-5893
grace.washbourne@ngaus.org

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