The United States invests over $15 billion in foreign military and police aid every year, but what are the risks when such aid accounts for a large percentage of foreign national defense budgets? The following image depicts the top ten countries most reliant on U.S. military aid in 2015 and some of the risks associated with such practices.
Security Assistance Monitor just launched its new 'Just the Facts' newsletter which focused on U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
On November 25, 2015, the President signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2016 (S. 1356) to authorize Defense Department programs and policies for next year. While renewing many previously created military aid funding authorities, this law authorizes four new military aid authorities or programs (see the asterisk for these authorities) worth a total $478 million. The legislation creates or extends several new military aid restrictions, policy statements, and reports. The new law also includes $5 billion in budgetary cuts after the President vetoed an earlier version of the bill submitted to him by Congress in October. The following table shows the key differences between this new law and earlier House and Senate passed bills.
In October 2015, the State Department withheld 15 percent of conditioned Merida Inititiative funding. In light of this, Security Assistance Monitor looks at what the Merida Intiative has funded over the years.
A walk through U.S. aid for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) from 2012-2016.