DTRA’s Building Partnerships Director recently traveled to Montana to meet with The Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard. The purpose of this trip was to build on DTRA’s relationships with the Montana National Guard (MTNG).
One of DTRA’s roles is to build partner nation capacity in support of the Geographic Combatant Commands (GCCs) by training and equipping partner nations to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD). DTRA is actively seeking to work effectively with National Guard units as they forge enduring relationships with the nations they have been paired with through DoD’s State Partnership Program (SPP). Additionally, Montana’s Civil Support Team could provide a unique training capability to foreign partners in responding to natural and manmade crisis.
The MTNG SPP shares mutual security cooperation interest with DTRA in Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives in the areas that touch on CWMD capacity building activities. Earlier this year in May, DTRA’s Building Partnerships Director conducted similar engagements with The Adjutant Generals of Oregon and Utah National Guard to collaborate on activities with their respective partner countries.
DTRA will continue to advance these relationships and be proactive in working together with the National Guard programs. Relationships like these are a crucial factor in our Nation’s integrated deterrence strategy to support the GCCs, U.S. Embassies, and partner nation objectives.