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With the US Navy’s shrinking fleet and growing challenge of operating in several regions simultaneously, operational level commanders must embrace security cooperation to augment U.S. power. With coalition operations a norm, security cooperation ensures partners have access to the U.S. defense industrial base to purchase capable platforms, builds trust during exercises, and enables partners to participate in maritime coalitions. There are multiple recent examples of the benefits derived from security cooperation at the operational level of war. Understanding these benefits and actively seeking security cooperation opportunities is an important part of the MOC’s mission to offset declining force structure and increasing operational tempo.