Partnership for Peace

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VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia — Troops from Georgia, the United States, Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Ukraine stood together, here, for the last time on July 30, at the closing ceremony of this year's Immediate Response exercise.  During the exercise troops conducted hundreds of live-fire and situational training exercises; combat lifesaver classes; and Improvised Explosive Device training.  Immediate Response is an annual bilateral security cooperation exercise conducted between the U.S. and NATO and coalition partners.  The purpose of this year's exercise was to increase the cooperation and partnership between U.S. and Georgian forces while preparing the Georgian Military for operations in Iraq. (Department of Defense photo by Army Capt. Bryan Woods)

Partnership for Peace (PfP) is a major NATO initiative introduced in January 1994. The program aims to enhance cooperation and stability in central and eastern European countries while increasing interoperability between partner nations and NATO.

The core objectives PfP nations pursue are creating transparency in national defense planning and budgeting processes; ensuring democratic control of defense forces; developing interoperable forces and command and control structures; and preparing partner nations to contribute to NATO operations. There are currently 22 PfP member-states located in Europe and central Asia.

PfP plays a crucial role in contributing to peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area and is integral for aspirant countries to gain NATO interoperability and membership. PfP has helped improve participating nations militarily capability in NATO-led peacekeeping operations. Funding for eligible partner nations is provided through Warsaw Initiative Funds.

A “toolbox” of PfP tools and mechanisms supports cooperation through a mix of policies, programs, action plans and arrangements. At the Lisbon Summit in November 2010, as part of a focused reform effort to develop a more efficient and flexible partnership policy, allied leaders decided to take steps to streamline NATO’s partnership tools and open all cooperative activities and exercises to harmonize partnership programs – whether partners are Euro-Atlantic partners, countries participating in the Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, or global partners.

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