One new policy proposal contained in the President’s West Point speech from Wednesday was a Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund, which would facilitate counterterrorism training for U.S. partner countries where terrorist groups seek footholds. But as Eric Schmitt at the Times notes, the U.S. government for years has been pursuing the strategy of helping to train up foreign militaries---particularly elite counter-terrorism forces---both so that those forces can better address their own domestic security challenges and so that those forces can help the U.S. Government fight al Qaeda and its associated forces.

Ashley S. Deeks, More Willing, More Able—But No Time Soon, Lawfare (June 1, 2014).