Foreign military training in the United States?

The South Dakota National Guard’s 28th annual Golden Coyote training exercise, which began on June 9 in Rapid City and the southern Black Hills, includes military contingents from Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Suriname, and the U.K.

The two-week training exercise, “in a realistic training environment,” according to the Defense Department, supports both overseas contingency operations and homeland defense.  There are also 37 units representing 17 states participating in Golden Coyote, and I suppose for them, it is preparation for combat.  The Rapid City Journal reports that Golden Coyote “re-create the stress of combat and mixture of civilian, tourist and wildlife populations soldiers encounter in war theaters such as Iraq and Afghanistan, all while training with foreign soldiers.”

It used to be quite rare and even noteworthy when foreign military training took place on American soil.  Of course there were always exceptions, like regular German Air Force pilot training in the American southwest, and aviation training associated with the Red Flag exercise series has come to include regular NATO and U.S. allied participants.  In July, as an example, F-16 from the United Arab Emirates and KFIRs from Colombia will participate in Red Flag 12-4 in Nevada.

So do they really mean homeland defense when they describe one of the training objectives of Golden Coyote?  Do they mean that somehow it is important to have multinational partners, even Canada, to train for the military defense of the United States?

I’m agnostic one way or another on this, but it seems to me that this entire subject, bearing upon command and sovereignty and foreign policies, bears greater scrutiny.


5 responses to “Foreign military training in the United States?

  1. Bill, as always, I appreciate your calling attention to things that the rest of us might not notice. In this case, however, I think there is a more benign interpretation of exercises like this. I have long thought that one response to the burden sharing issue is to have more exercises with NATO and other allies here in the United States, rather than always sending US forces abroad for training exercises. It is a good political demonstration of solidarity as well as a “good thing” to keep multilateral military cooperation going. As for homeland defense, I doubt that the foreign military units are training for specific contingencies related to US homeland defense but all may learn something of use for their own homeland defense requirements. But then again, I could be wrong…

  2. It used to be quite rare and even noteworthy when foreign military training took place on American soil.

    Really? are you forgetting the infamous School of the Americas at Fort Benning Georgia???

    there are millions and millions of dead and murdered and tortured and raped and wounded that have not, we can assure you.

  3. knew you would not post my comment about School of The Americas at Fort Benning Georgia. you’re just another water carrier for the usg / dod. nice work if you can get it, eh?

  4. They’re training for war theaters like Iraq and Afghanistan? Let’s see, there’s a country between those two countries that the U.S. hasn’t invaded yet, and also one west of Iraq, . . .the names will come to me in a minute.

  5. liberty Sibanda j

    I want to join millitary army of usa i born on 22/01/92

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