The International Connection
These last few weeks have seen myself and our Executive Director Bill Harris in Bratislava, Slovakia to participate in the “NATO Standardization and Interoperability Conference.” The conference took place September 20-22 with many of our NATO partners in attendance. There were 29 countries represented and it was an excellent opportunity to network AAAA with our allies. Meanwhile, our Senior VP, BG (Ret.) Steve Mundt has been representing AAAA in Colombia at the Colombian International Army Aviation Conference, September 27-29.
What does AAAA have to do with Europe and South America? It is all about coalition warfare and interoperability. None of our countries can afford to go it alone anymore in terms of budget, force structure nor politics. How can we work together to be an effective force that provides a credible deterrence to international aggression?
There is no doubt that the U.S. is the gold standard when it comes to Army Aviation. Everyone wants to learn more about how we do what we do and how we can all work together. This reaches far beyond similar or even identical equipment, to TTPs, doctrine and organization and training.
The issues that surface in these very frank, yet collegial forums are critical to our allies being a huge help on the battlefield. These exchanges and working the solutions we all need through standards and common communications and operating pictures can literally mean the difference between inconvenience and duplication of effort in some cases, to literally matters of life and death.