State Partnership Program

The State Partnership Program (SPP) is a joint program of the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and the individual states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The SPP has been successfully building relationships for over 20 years that includes 73 unique security partnerships involving 79 nations around the globe. SPP links a unique component of the Department of Defense – a state's National Guard – with the armed forces or equivalent of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship.

The District of Columbia has one country in the SPP. Jamaica joined the SPP with the District of Columbia National Guard in 1999. Jamaica fall under the area of operations of U.S. Southern Command.

Photo: A Military Police soldier in the 273rd MP Company in the D.C. Army National Guard, gives directions as platoon sergeant during an exercise with the Jamaican Defense Force at the Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) in the JDF Training Camp, Moneague, Jamaica. The SMEEs allow exchanges of information between participants to increase partnership and ideas.