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Partnerships Key to Defeating Terrorists, DOD Leaders Say | US Department of Defense
Italian, Swedish and French fighter pilots during planning of a mission during exercise Trident Juncture 18 at Bodö. Sweden is contributing to Trident Juncture 18 by providing qualified troops from all Swedish Armed Forces combat forces. This exercise will enhance our ability to defend Sweden and our national capabilities, while also strengthening our cooperation with Finland, the US, Norway and NATO. Our naval and air forces will be preparing for their future participation in the rapid-reaction NATO Response Force (NRF) during the exercise, and Army troops will be on exercises to reinforce brigade capability. Host nation support will also be provided to NATO troops based in Sweden during the exercise. Trident Juncture 18 is one of NATO’s biggest exercises and will be taking place in Norway in the autumn of 2018. The aim of this exercise is to test the rapid-reaction NATO Response Force (NRF). It comprises a troop exercise which will be taking place between 25 October and 7 November, and a command exercise which will be taking place from 14 to 23 November. Photo by Mats Nyström/Försvarsmakten

Partnerships Key to Defeating Terrorists, DOD Leaders Say | US Department of Defense

The 2018 National Defense Strategy spells out how the United States will defend the nation and U.S. and coalition forces abroad. West said there are two components to the strategy, the first of which is the “great power competition,” meaning near-peer military competitors China and Russia. The second component of the NDS is a continuation of counterterrorism efforts around the world.

It’s nearly impossible to do both of these two missions alone. As such, West said “there is an increased focus on the importance of partnerships in this approach that will pay dividends as we refine our approach to irregular warfare in this competitive environment.” Irregular warfare, sometimes known as asymmetric warfare, characterizes counterterrorism efforts.

Partners are shouldering more of the load, Hecker said, allowing U.S. forces to have a “smaller footprint” in world trouble spots. For instance, French forces in Mali and Niger have taken the lead in operations against terror groups in those nations. In turn, the U.S. provides them valuable intelligence and logistics.

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