The Department of Defense (DOD) is placing increasing emphasis on engaging and strengthening partner nation security forces to deter aggression and shape security environments around the world. In accordance with this emphasis, the Army is regionally aligning its forces to geographic combatant commands with the intent of providing tailored, trained, responsive, and consistently available forces to meet combatant command requirements, including operations, crisis response, and security cooperation. Key to the strategy outlined in this GAO report is an emphasis on culture and language training.