“In December 2013, for the first time, three U.S. Air Force (USAF) Regional Affairs Strategist (RAS) officers completed the Program for Applied Security Studies-Capacity Building (PASS) course at the Marshall Center (GCMC). This landmark development came at a time when the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force/International Affairs (SAF/IA) chose exceptionally qualified officers to complete a shorter six- to 12-month regional certification program, in lieu of the traditional three-year process of Naval Postgraduate School, Defense Language Institute training and in-country immersions. The unique combination of professors, curriculum and students at GCMC provided an advanced environment for RAS officers to build international relationships along with diplomatic and cultural skills that transfer worldwide.
The time is ripe for deeper cooperation and partnership between the SAF/IA and the GCMC. This partnership will be a force multiplier that expands the engagement capacity of the United States in the global arena. The GCMC can provide the USAF with an effective and cost-efficient alternative to RAS training. Key aspects of the GCMC and SAF/IA programs, as well as specific regions of shared interest in Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) and Sub-Saharan Africa, provide ample justification for this approach...”
Excerpt from Dear Beloved, “Deepening Partnerships,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 6, No. 4, 2015: 42-45.
Maj. Dear Beloved is a regional affairs strategist with the U.S. Air Force in charge of the Arabian Peninsula security cooperation division for U.S. Central Command. He holds a master's degree in political science and international relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a graduate of the Marshall Center’s Program on Applied Security Studies.
This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.