The National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP) was established in 1993 in response to the radically changed political-military situation following the collapse of Communism and the disintegration of the Soviet Union.
The SPP provides Slovenia with access to experts within the state of Colorado on the full range of military-to-military, military-to-civilian and civilian-to-civilian activities. The intent is to build the relationships that have been developed during the past 14 years of the Colorado National Guardâ€™s State Partnership Program relationship with the Republic of Slovenia. During this time, military and civic leaders have been part of an exchange program which focused primarily on Sloveniaâ€™s military and their pursuit of membership in NATO. Now that Slovenia is a member of NATO, the intent is to do more between Colorado and Slovenia to support one another and at the same time improve the strategic objectives of both Slovenia and the United States.
Example of this extended outcome is the development of Sister Cities, National Laboratory for Renewable Energy visits, Ambassadro/Governor visits in Colorado, Director of Economic Development and International Trade visits.