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Security Assistance Monitor Learn more at http://www.securityassistance.org Security Assistance Monitor is a program of the Center for International Policy, in collaboration with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, Latin America Working Group Education Fund, Project on Middle East Democracy and Washington Office on Latin America.
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We track and analyze U.S. security sector assistance programs worldwide. By informing policymakers, media, scholars, NGOs and the public (in the United States and abroad) about trends and issues related to U.S. foreign security assistance, we seek to enhance transparency and promote greater oversight of U.S. military and police aid, arms sales and training. Our interactive database compiles all publicly available data on U.S. foreign security assistance programs worldwide from 2000 to the present. Collected from a wide range of government documents, the database provides detailed numbers on U.S. arms sales, military and police aid and training programs (see our methodology here). Users can search these numbers by country, region, program and assistance type. Video tutorials and a frequently asked questions section show users how to find the numbers and information they need. Our programs pages provide descriptions of all U.S. security assistance programs. While our database is global, our research and analysis provide more in-depth insight on U.S. security policy in Africa, Central Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East, which can be found in our blog, fact sheets and publications. We also organize roundtables and briefings to promote a more nuanced understanding and encourage debate about key U.S. foreign security assistance issues. In our extensive resource database of news, policy statements, legislation and events, users can find what lawmakers and experts are saying about U.S. global security policy, stay current with public events, hearings, official travel and reporting deadlines, and read all relevant security news for each of our focus regions. Sign up to see the latest: - Daily News links - Relevant Legislation - Blog Posts - Events calendar - Publications - Image Gallery - Military aid, training, and arms sales statistics

Mission: Security Assistance Monitor's Latin America and the Caribbean page is part of a citizen effort to oversee and understand the United States' military relationship with the Western Hemisphere.

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Curious how the U.S. military is responding to the coronavirus? Check out our resource page detailing how Department of ...
04/23/2020
Resource Page: The Military's Response to Coronavirus | Security Assistance Monitor

Curious how the U.S. military is responding to the coronavirus? Check out our resource page detailing how Department of Defense resources are being used to fight the pandemic response and the limitation of using military means to respond to a public health crisis. https://securityassistance.org/fact_sheet/resource-page-militarys-response-coronavirus

A collection of resources on the military's role in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Trump administration is reportedly withholding $105M in U.S. security assistance to Lebanon, including substantial a...
11/07/2019
Issue Brief: Suspension of Lebanon's U.S. Security Assistance | Security Assistance Monitor

The Trump administration is reportedly withholding $105M in U.S. security assistance to Lebanon, including substantial aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), and State Department officials have struggled to explain the rationale behind the administration’s decision. In our latest addition to the Issue Brief series, SAM outlines U.S. security assistance to the LAF since 2001, providing some background to help explain the current issue at stake. To check out more, click the link below.
http://securityassistance.org/fact_sheet/issue-brief-suspension-lebanons-us-security-assistance

As part of SAM’s Security Assistance in Focus Series, our most recent fact sheet profiles a part of the security assista...
11/04/2019
Security Assistance in Focus: Tunisia's Tier 1 Counterterrorism Company | Security Assistance Monitor

As part of SAM’s Security Assistance in Focus Series, our most recent fact sheet profiles a part of the security assistance that the United States provides Tunisia through the Department of Defense Section 333 Building Partner Capacity program in FY2019. This fact sheet focuses on weapons and equipment provided to Tunisia’s Tier 1 Counterterrorism Company, including rifles, machine guns, Glock handguns, night vision devices, and wrist-mounted GPS units. The amount of security aid provided to Tunisia has grown considerably in recent years, as Tunis works to counter regional instability, the proliferation of armed groups, and conflict spillover from neighboring Libya.
http://securityassistance.org/fact_sheet/security-assistance-focus-tunisias-tier-1-counterterrorism-company

This week the US approved two major arms sales. The first was to Japan for the upgrade of up to 98 F-15J aircraft with a...
10/31/2019
Major Arms Sales: October 2019 | The Official Home of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency

This week the US approved two major arms sales. The first was to Japan for the upgrade of up to 98 F-15J aircraft with a price tag of $4.5 billion. The major contractors on this sale are Boeing Aircraft Company and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The second was to Croatia for 2 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and other equipment including up to 9 T700-GE-70 ID engines, navigation systems, radios, communications equipment, weapons, and ammunition. The estimated cost of this is $115 million with the primary contractors being Sikorsky Aircraft and General Electric Aircraft Company. These are the 59th and 60th foreign military sales of 2019.
https://dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/archives/201910

­­­WASHINGTON, October 30, 2019 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Croatia of two (2) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $115 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the require...

In this piece by CIP’s William Hartung, he discusses the lengths that the U.S. government will go to in promoting weapon...
10/25/2019
US Arms Sales Include Discounts for Dictators

In this piece by CIP’s William Hartung, he discusses the lengths that the U.S. government will go to in promoting weapons exports, even to non-democratic governments with shaky histories of human rights abuses. Washington has gotten into the routine practice of providing discounts on major arms sales, and efforts made in Congress to require advanced notice of such waivers have generated protests from the Pentagon and the arms lobby. They argue that increasing input from Congress could cost the U.S. key deals and unnecessarily slow down the foreign military sales process. Hartung calls upon lawmakers to play a stronger role in scrutinizing sales to not only Saudi Arabia, but Turkey and the Philippines as well.
https://inkstickmedia.com/us-arms-sales-include-discounts-for-dictators/

A new piece by Bloomberg’s Anthony Capaccio underscores the lengths that the US government will go to in promoting weapons exports, regardless of whether they

Join us at USIP next Wednesday, October 30, for a CIP event co-hosted with the Richardson Institute at Lancaster Univers...
10/22/2019
Events | Center for International Policy

Join us at USIP next Wednesday, October 30, for a CIP event co-hosted with the Richardson Institute at Lancaster University “The Saudi-Iranian Contest- Rethinking US Policy.” CIP’s Director of the Arms and Security Project Willian Hartung will be one of the speakers along with Mehdi Hasan of Al Jazeera, Simon Mabon of the Richardson Institute, and Barbara Slavin of the Atlantic Council
https://www.internationalpolicy.org/events

Vice President Pence and Turkish President Erdogan announced that an agreement has been made which suspends future sanct...
10/18/2019

Vice President Pence and Turkish President Erdogan announced that an agreement has been made which suspends future sanctions in exchange for a five day ceasefire. The move was hailed as a triumph by Trump officials, who praised the agreement for saving lives. However, Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, stated that the agreement was merely a pause of operations, raising questions of what future Turkish military operation will look like in Syria. For a more detailed picture of where things stand, check out this map from the New York Times outlining the current military positions in N Syria as of October 17.

Many nations have responded swiftly and critically to the Turkish military operations in Syria that followed President T...
10/17/2019
EU governments limit arms sales to Turkey but avoid embargo

Many nations have responded swiftly and critically to the Turkish military operations in Syria that followed President Trump’s withdrawal of US troops. France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, and most recently Canada have instituted bans on arms sales to Turkey that could be used in Syria. The United States might follow their lead as a measure was introduced in the House of Representatives to place sanctions on Turkey and others who provide any type of support to Turkey on Wednesday of this week.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-eu-france/eu-seeks-italian-support-for-turkey-arms-embargo-idUSKBN1WT0M4

European Union countries agreed on Monday to limit arms exports to Turkey over i...

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Trump's Decision to green light a Turkish military intervention to dislodge Kurdish armed groups from northern Syria has...
10/14/2019

Trump's Decision to green light a Turkish military intervention to dislodge Kurdish armed groups from northern Syria has pitted two US armed allies against each other. Check out SAM’s recent fact sheet, detailing $300M in weapons the Department of Defense requested for Syrian armed groups in FY19 that almost assuredly made their way to this most recent conflict's front lines.
http://securityassistance.org/fact_sheet/security-assistance-focus-syria

Check out our NEW report "Corruption in the Defense Sector: Identifying Key Risks to U.S. Counterterrorism Aid"https://s...
09/19/2018

Check out our NEW report "Corruption in the Defense Sector: Identifying Key Risks to U.S. Counterterrorism Aid"
https://securityassistance.org/sites/default/files/SAM%20Corruption%20Report%20Final_1.pdf

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How should the Administration and Congress balance economic, strategic, and human rights concerns to ensure that US arms...
04/04/2018
Events: Forum on the Arms Trade

How should the Administration and Congress balance economic, strategic, and human rights concerns to ensure that US arms exports are serving US and global security interests? Find out at our event with Forum on the Arms Trade TOMORROW!
RSVP NOW: http://forumarmstrade.org/events.html

Events sponsored by the Forum on the Arms Trade

If you are in the D.C. area, don't miss our event this Thursday at 10am.
10/30/2017
EVENT: Tackling Corruption in the Global Arms Trade | Security Assistance Monitor

If you are in the D.C. area, don't miss our event this Thursday at 10am.

EVENT: Tackling Corruption in the Global Arms Trade Share This / 10/18/17Security Assistance Monitor Arms Sales Share This / DATE: Thursday, November 2 2017TIME: 10:00-11:30AM LOCATION: Center for International Policy 2000 M St NW, Basement Conference Room A, Washington DC, 20036 Click here to RSVP....

Did you know that the Trump Administration is set to surpass U.S. arms exports under the Obama Administration by record ...
10/04/2017
U.S. Arms Sales Notifications Spike Under the Trump Administration by Security Assistance Monitor - Infogram

Did you know that the Trump Administration is set to surpass U.S. arms exports under the Obama Administration by record numbers?

Since President Trump took office in January his Administration has nearly doubled the dollar amount of U.S. arms sales notifications over the Obama Administration in 2016 for the same time frame. The below chart and table provides details on each proposed deal for 2016 and 2017 and will be regularly updated with new data and analysis.

A Comparison Between the Trump and Obama Administrations

Our Program Manger, Seth Binder, released this new article at Inkstick, that cautions against too much excitement about ...
09/20/2017
Are we making the same mistakes in Iraq? - Inkstick

Our Program Manger, Seth Binder, released this new article at Inkstick, that cautions against too much excitement about the coming "victory" in Iraq. Instead he warns that U.S. train and equip efforts have relied on similar policies that failed in the past, despite similar optimism back then.

The war against the Islamic State (ISIS) appears to be coming to an end in Iraq. Americans are again talking about winning and starting to think about what comes next. But I can’t help but…

Defense News is reporting that U.S. arms sales notifications set a record for Fiscal Year 2017. For a look in more detai...
09/13/2017
Data | Security Assistance Monitor

Defense News is reporting that U.S. arms sales notifications set a record for Fiscal Year 2017. For a look in more detail on how much each country may receive & what they may receive check out our database.

Data Select to View Data by: - by - Recipient Program User's GuideMethodology Sale Type: Program/Recipient: Date Range From: To: Region

09/13/2017
Data | Security Assistance Monitor

Defense News reports that U.S. set a record for Arms Sales notifications in Fiscal Year 2017. For a look in more detail on how much each country may receive & what they may receive check out our database.

Data Select to View Data by: - by - Recipient Program User's GuideMethodology Sale Type: Program/Recipient: Date Range From: To: Region

09/13/2017
Data | Security Assistance Monitor

Defense News reports that U.S. set a record for Arms Sales notifications in Fiscal Year 2017.

https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2017/09/13/us-clears-record-total-for-arms-sales-in-fy17/#.Wbk-_1ET5F0.twitter

For a look in more detail on how much each country may receive & what they may receive check out our database.

Data Select to View Data by: - by - Recipient Program User's GuideMethodology Sale Type: Program/Recipient: Date Range From: To: Region

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07/18/2017
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The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has advanced the spending bill for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018. The chart above compares FY18 appropriations with those from FY17 for the following State Departmen...

Security Assistance Monitor's new report on trends in US foreign military training reveals that the United States traine...
05/08/2017
Major Increase in US Foreign Military Training Driven by New US Peacekeeping and Counter-Narcotics Efforts | Security Assistance Monitor

Security Assistance Monitor's new report on trends in US foreign military training reveals that the United States trained 79,865 foreign military personnel in FY 2015 - the highest number of US military trainees in any year since FY 2006. Read the report here http://securityassistance.org/publication/major-increase-us-foreign-military-training-driven-new-us-peacekeeping-and-counter

The number of US foreign military trainees increased substantially in FY 2015, growing from 56,346 in FY 2014 to 79,865 in FY 2015, according to a new Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) report released today on trends in US foreign military training. The report, which is based on an analysis of the U...

Read the latest from our colleague William Hartung, who uses our data to enhance his argument on why if President Trump ...
03/17/2017
Want to Make Budget Cuts? Start Here

Read the latest from our colleague William Hartung, who uses our data to enhance his argument on why if President Trump wants to cut the budget, he should first look to Defense Department-funded military aid.

The Pentagon spends billions of dollars on foreign military aid that is both wasteful and counterproductive for our foreign policy.

In 2015 and 2016 the State Department requested Congress to approve over $662 million worth of commercial firearms sales...
03/16/2017
State Department Proposed Firearms Sales Surpass $600 Million | Security Assistance Monitor

In 2015 and 2016 the State Department requested Congress to approve over $662 million worth of commercial firearms sales to 36 countries.

*Out of $662 million, $351 million was for firearms sales to Latin America and the Caribbean.

*Several of the countries including, Bahrain, Philippines, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia, have come under scrutiny for their potential or alleged misuse of U.S. weapons.

*A $1.7 million proposed sale to Ukraine for M107A1 .50 caliber semi-automatic sniper rifles appears to be inconsistent with the Obama Administration’s policy of withholding “lethal arms” to Ukraine.

Find out more at: http://securityassistance.org/blog/state-department-proposed-firearms-sales-surpass-600-million

The State Department requested Congress to approve over $662 million worth of commercial firearms sales to 36 countries in 2015-2016, including some countries that have come under scrutiny for their potential or alleged misuse of U.S. weapons.

U.S. arms sales deliveries jumped to more than $25 billion in FY 2015, increasing the total value of U.S. arms deliverie...
03/13/2017
Lobe Log

U.S. arms sales deliveries jumped to more than $25 billion in FY 2015, increasing the total value of U.S. arms deliveries by at least $5 billion over recent years. Security Assistance Monitor Director Colby Goodman discusses the role of the Commerce Department's new 600 Series program in this drastic increase.

Will the Trump administration push for further arms export control reductions?

According to a recent New York Times article, the Trump administration is exploring drastic cuts to U.S. funding for Uni...
01/30/2017

According to a recent New York Times article, the Trump administration is exploring drastic cuts to U.S. funding for United Nations peacekeeping operations, which total over $2 billion per year over the past few years. Here’s a breakdown of how much the United States plans to provide to certain UN peacekeeping operations around the world in FY 2017. Read more at http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f6b1af7a16e9169c598a4ca3d&id=b5d7c2a4fc&e=756e49b2a9

In this new in-depth article written by The Center for Public Integrity, the author has used Security Assistance Monitor...
01/17/2017
Pentagon Program Trained Foreign Torturers & Rapists

In this new in-depth article written by The Center for Public Integrity, the author has used Security Assistance Monitor research and analysis to help uncover the extent that U.S. military trained foreign officers have gone on to commit human rights violations.

Foreign officers who attended top Pentagon schools were later accused of rape, murder, genocide, and coups, according to State Department reports.

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