U.S. allies and partners are facing a range of multidomain challenges and multidimensional asymmetric threats, from cruise missiles to cyber attacks. Now more than ever, effective security cooperation is critical to ensure collective regional defense. Just as essential, U.S. national security strategic guidance calls for revitalized alliances and partnerships to address shared threats in an era of great power competition.
Interoperability of U.S. and European forces—the ability to effectively shoot, move, and communicate together—strengthens regional deterrence, enhances relationships, and is a powerful component of foreign policy. Enhancing multilateral security cooperation initiatives in strategic regions, such as the Black Sea and the Baltics, is especially important to bolster integrated partner resilience. This helps enable the U.S. to reduce its military footprint in Europe while enabling NATO allies to steadily improve collective defensive capabilities and address shared regional threats.