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.
Both the House and Senate have passed their versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2016 (H.R. 1753) to authorize Defense Department programs and policies. The two congressional chambers must now seek to resolve their differences in a conference committee before a final bill can be approved and sent to the President. Representatives Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Adam Smith (D-WA) and Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI) will lead the conference. The following tables show the key differences between the two versions related to U.S. foreign military aid authorities, restrictions and reports or policies. These different versions are also compared with the President’s funding request when possible or applicable.