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Building Relationships

We live in a "global" community with new challenges and opportunities to strengthen relationships with current friends and allies and establish new ones. Among many challenges we face as a global community, the maritime security of the littoral regions and throughout the global commons that connects us is of compelling concern. The new tri-service maritime strategy, "A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower," in the very first sentence underscores what "globalization" means for the United States:

"The security, prosperity, and vital interests of the United States are increasingly coupled to those of other nations."

Security Cooperation is a critical aspect of protecting U.S. interests and is an overriding goal of the Navy International Programs Office. While today's Navy IPO organization was not established until 1989, the U.S. government and maritime services have a strong history of supporting the goals and objectives of friends and allies to build and maintain their defenses against common adversaries. The Lend-Lease Act, passed by Congress in 1941, laid the foundation for today's security cooperation programs. Our programs continue to provide allies with access to U.S. defense industry partners and the means to obtain military defense articles, services, logistic support and training. Our cooperative programs leverage national research, development and manufacturing capabilities in areas of mutual benefit. The U.S. State Department manages defense Security Cooperation efforts as part of U.S. foreign policy, but the goals embodied in today's programs are largely the same as they were in 1941: enhancing interoperability and strength through security assistance and cooperation with America’s international partners.

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