14 Apr '15, 11am

US states partnered with European countries to support security cooperation via @US_EUCOM-->

US states partnered with European countries to support security cooperation via @US_EUCOM-->

As the Soviet Union disintegrated between 1989 and 1991, U.S. government officials explored options to minimize instability and encourage democratic governments in the former Soviet bloc nations. One effort to address these policy goals was to expand M2M contacts with the newly independent central and eastern European countries to promote subordination to civilian leadership, respect for human rights and a defensively-oriented military posture. At the time, most of these newly independent states had militaries that were based on the Soviet model focused on countering NATO threat . A request from the Latvian government for help in developing a military based on the National Guard’s citizen-soldier model sparked the program. Army Gen. Colin Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs at the time, and Army Gen. John Shalikashvili, then EUCOM commander, embraced the concept as a way ...

Full article: http://www.eucom.mil/key-activities/partnership-programs/...

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