Afghanistan Security Forces Fund

Afghanistan Security Forces Fund At A Glance

Military & Police Aid $4,263,215,000 (2017)
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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.

Military vs. Economic Aid

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. security and humanitarian & development assistance provided to this country. For a dollar amount breakdown of how much aid this country receives and which programs are supplying assistance, click "view data set." Note: This year's figures reflect the U.S. government's estimates of expected spending, and numbers for next year represent the administration's request to Congress.
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Trainees

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about the United States' training of this country's security forces. For information about how the number of security forces trained each year by the United States, including detailed information about the subject of the training, where that training takes place, and who is being trained, click "view data set."
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Arms Sales

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. arms sales to this country. For detailed information on equipment, weapons and military services sold to this country, click "view data set." Note: This is not grant aid: these are items that governments purchase with their own funds.
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Analysis

11/11/16 | Fact Sheets
U.S. Military and Police Aid Programs A Basic Guide: From Purpose to Type of Recipient

Over the past 15 years, the United States has significantly expanded the number of U.S. security sector aid funding accounts or programs to support a range of U.S. national security and foreign policy goals. This guide provides an overview of 29 key, active U.S. programs funded by the Defense or...

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9/26/16 | Fact Sheets
Defense Bill Breakdown: Key Military Aid Issues in the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act

The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017 seeks to make numerous changes to existing Department of Defense security assistance policy and authorities. This infographic attempts to show you the important differences between the House, Senate, and Conference versions. Portions of...

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7/27/15 | Blog
Governance and Security Sector Assistance: The Missing Link

This two-part series describes shortcomings in the current U.S. approach to security assistance in the context of broader governance. Part two of the series will examine weaknesses in the U.S. government’s current security assistance policies and programs and recommend measures the U.S....

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Resources

5/24/15 | Policy Statements
Dealing with Arms Intermediaries Policy Briefing: The Pentagon’s Missing Controls on Contractors Engaged in Arms Transfers
While the U.S. government has some of the most comprehensive laws and regulations controlling arms exports, this briefing paper shows that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is missing some key controls to prevent the use of intermediaries with problematic backgrounds, particularly when DoD...
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1/13/15 | News
Afghanistan’s $3.6 billion police problem: Broken systems and corruption
A government watchdog finds accounting inaccurate for the $300 million spent annually on Afghan police salaries
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