Military Professionalization Programs in Kazakhstan and the United States: How to Implement and What Will We Gain?
Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:Connections: The Quarterly Journal, Volume 16, Issue 2, p.91-104 (2017)
Keywords:Kazakhstan, military professionalization, NCO development, security cooperation
The U.S. should remain committed to Central Asian security cooperation, but must carefully evaluate each program for merit and value added to U.S. security goals in the region. Programs designed to increase Kazakhstan’s military professionalization will have the most significant impact towards accomplishing these goals. U.S. security cooperation effforts to foster the development of a non-commissioned officer corps as part of Kazakhstan’s military would serve as an excellent example of effective professionalization and a way to further our strategic relationships with non-NATO countries. Training programs that professionalize the Kazakh military can offer a cost-effective way for the United States to further a lasting partnership with Central Asia’s most stable country.