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Last week was the Center for a New American Security’s (CNAS) Eighth Annual National Security Conference. The panel discussions and keynote speakers’ focused on national security and foreign policy themes that resemble what have been discussed for years:

  • Rising threat from state actors like Russia and China as well as rogue states like Iran and North Korea
  • The metastasizing terrorist threat of al-Qaeda and its affiliates
  • The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
  • Lack of U.S. leadership,
  • ...

On June 16, seventeen faith and rights groups wrote an open letter to the U.S. Congress urging them not to fund the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF) proposed by President Obama in his recent West Point commencement address.

The letter states:

“Given the lack of information and policy engagement with Congress and others, we strongly urge that you not authorize...

For the first time, the Department of Defense (DoD) released a biannual report to Congress on its spending for Section 1004 counter-drug assistance, a major program that supports foreign governments’ counternarcotic activities.  

The report, required by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, covered the first half of FY2014, from October 2013 through March 2014. The numbers from the report already show...

During the United States Military Academy’s Commencement Ceremony at West Point last week, President Obama called on Congress “to support a new Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF) of up to $5 billion,” which he indicated would allow the United States to “train, build capacity, and facilitate partner countries on the front lines.”

According to President Obama, the funds would allow for “the flexibility to fulfill different missions,...

Kazakhstan is moving to upgrade its military arsenal, while the United States has offered a million dollars for any information on Kamchybek Kolbayev’s criminal network.

As the Just the Facts project goes global in the form of the Security Assistance Monitor, it seems like a good time to reflect on how this all started and what we have achieved.


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