Bordallo Introduces Bill to Strengthen and Expand the National Guard State Partnership Program

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Guam – Congresswoman Madelaine Bordallo has introduced a bill in Congress that she says would expand and strengthen the national Guard State Partnership Program [SPP].

 Bordallo says her measure would codify the use of funding and “spell out the role National Guard units play in their capacity building.”

READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:

Bordallo Introduces Bill to Strengthen and Expand the National Guard State Partnership Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 14, 2013 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo recently introduced a bill titled, National Guard State Partnership Program Enhancement Act, to strengthen and expand the National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP). The SPP directly supports the broad national interests and security cooperation goals of the United States by engaging partner nations via military, socio-political, and economic conduits at the local, state and national levels.

The Congresswoman also raised the importance of this program today at a full committee hearing held by the House Armed Services Committee on Framework for Building Partnership Capacity Programs and Authorities to Meet 21st Century Challenges.

“This bill would help the State Partnership Program by codifying its use of funding and spelling out the roles National Guard units may play in their capacity building,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “The capabilities and missions outlined in this legislation leverage the very unique capabilities inherent in the National Guard to strengthen our relations with our allies and nations across the globe. The dual role of the National Guard provides them a unique opportunity to support a Combatant Commander’s and Ambassador’s needs in a given country. I believe this legislation is necessary to codify current practices and enhance the program’s positive impact.

“The value of the SPP lies in its ability to concentrate a small component of the U.S. defense structure—a state’s National Guard—on a single country or region in support of U.S. Government policies and objectives. This concentrated focus supports the development of long-term personal relationships and interagency coordination mechanisms that would not otherwise exist.

“Moreover, this program has the potential of becoming a more important tool for Combatant Commanders and U.S. Ambassadors in achieving long-term objectives for our country. Of particular interest to me are the opportunities that the SPP poses for our rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.  I believe the SPP brings unique capabilities to U.S. Pacific Command in expanding and strengthening bilateral relations with many Asian and Pacific nations. The program can help to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to the region and our allies.”