One of the tenets of the National Defense Strategy is maintaining and building alliances.
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford’s recent trip around the world is an example of that in action.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff constantly works with allies to strengthen alliances. He also reaches out to prospective partners to encourage cooperation and interoperability.
“Mutually beneficial alliances and partnerships are crucial to our strategy, providing a durable, asymmetric strategic advantage that no competitor or rival can match,” it says in the National Defense Strategy.
Since World War II, the United States has always fought alongside allies.
U.S. treaty allies in the Pacific — Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Thailand — provide capabilities, advice and intelligence invaluable to mutual defense priorities.
Allies and partners are in Afghanistan. They are in Iraq and Syria. They are working with the defeat-ISIS coalition. They provide a physical and moral edge that powers like Russia and China cannot duplicate.
But the alliance process is a two-way street and requires listening, a frank exchange of ideas and positions and concrete steps that make an aspiration a reality.
The chairman’s trip covered stops in Greece, Pakistan,…