Contributing USMA Research Unit(s)
Modern War Institute, Social Sciences
Modern War Institute
Today’s increasingly complex global operating environment can change at the speed of a tweet or viral video. It is therefore imperative for US forces to have the relationships that offer flexibility and options for any contingency—relationships established in advance of unforeseeable events. The world’s interconnectedness and US defense requirements demand partners and allies with whom we work effectively to bridge cultural gaps. Those relationships increase interoperability by creating realistic expectations and combating what can at times emerge as negative stereotypes. Further, shared experiences can help overcome misunderstandings and foster friendships that will be critical in times of crisis. Simply put, you cannot surge trust. It must be cultivated and given constant attention.
Fust, George, "YOU CAN’T SURGE TRUST: LESSONS ON WORKING WITH ALLIES AND PARTNERS" (2019). West Point Research Papers. 212.