Afghanistan Security Forces Fund

Afghanistan Security Forces Fund At A Glance

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The Afghanistan Security Forces Fund (ASFF) is a Defense Department program that provides assistance to the security forces of Afghanistan.

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The Afghanistan Security Forces Fund (ASFF) is a Defense Department program that provides assistance to the security forces, civilian personnel and armed groups of Afghanistan. Implemented with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, assistance may include the provision of equipment, supplies, services, training, and transportation. Ultimately, its goal is to produce an independent, self-sufficient armed forces for Afghanistan for counterinsurgency and counterterrorism purposes. The original authorization for the training of Afghan security appeared alongside Iraq security assistance authorization in Section 1202 of the FY2005 National Defense Authorization Act. The FY2005 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act first mentioned the ASFF by name, allocating an initial $1.28 million in assistance. Reporting requirements include quarterly reports "summarizing the details of any obligation or transfer of funds," and the congressional Armed Services committees must be notified 15 days prior to any obligation of resources. Funds are housed within the Defense Department’s Operations and Management account. Recent amendments earmark funds to ensure the participation of women in the development of the security forces. The FY 2017 NDAA requires that no less than $10 million and up to $25 million be designated for improving the training, retention, and treatment of women in the Afghanistan Security Forces and the recruitment, training, and contraction of female security personnel for future elections.

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