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U.S. partners from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) form a key part of the Obama Administration’s anti-ISIS coalition. A recent Congressional Research Service report highlighted specific contributions, including at least 28 F-16s, from six MENA countries. Here’s a look at the total amount of U.S. arms sales and total number of participants in U.S. military trainings to all MENA anti-coalition partners from 2012 to 2014.

The Center for New American Security (CNAS) released a report titled, “Security Cooperation and Assistance: Re-thinking the Return on Investment.” Authors Dafna Rand and Stephen Tankel produce a detailed assessment of the efficacy and implications of the growing American security assistance apparatus, offering recommendations and improvements for future strategic military cooperation.

An update of Latin America's current civil-military relations.

The U.S. Foreign Military Financing (FMF) package to Israel is set to increase from $3.1 billion to between $4.2 and $4.5 billion in 2018. Whether that increase results from negotiations over the Iran nuclear deal or not, U.S. security assistance will continue to guarantee Israel's Qualitative Military Edge (QME) over its rivals in the Middle East.

A Numerical Recap of Latin America's Current Security Situation.

The annual Foreign Military Training Report, recently released by the U.S. State and Defense Departments, reports on “all military training provided to foreign military personnel.” This report is a vital tool to better understanding U.S. efforts in building the partner capacity for foreign militaries. This year’s report highlights the trainings that occurred in 2014.

The total number of trainees last year, 56,346, was a 13.3 percent...

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