Weekly Monitor

At the beginning of each week, Security Assistance Monitor sends out a newsletter highlighting the top U.S. security assistance news and reports of the week, recent government statements, legislation, and reports, and key analysis from our website. We also highlight new or interesting U.S. security assistance data trends from our databases or other sources.
 
You can subscribe to these newsletters or read past Weekly Monitors by clicking on the dates below. 

 

February 20, 2018

This week our feature is a new CSIS study that analyzes current mechanisms for oversight and accountability in U.S. security sector assistance and provides recommendations for improvement through a holistic framework. SAM's U.S. security aid database is cited in an article about U.S. and Russian aid to Lebanon. Our data fact presents the top 10 U.S. security aid recipient countries based on combined totals from FY2008-FY2017.

 

February 12, 2018

This week our feature is a new SAM blog post analyzing the State Department's recent "Foreign Military Training Report." The analysis reveals that there was a substantial increase in foreign military trainees from FY 2015 to FY 2016. Our data fact shows changes in the top 5 countries that received U.S. foreign military training in FY2014-2017.

 

February 5, 2018

This week SAM features a Center for American Progress report that examines the substantial role that U.S.-sourced guns are used in lethal violence in other nations. SAM's arms sales data is cited in an article discussing ways the U.S. can mitigate rising arms exports do not undermine American security or values. Our data fact presents the top 5 U.S. security assistance recipients in E. Asia and the Pacific between fiscal years 2013-2017.

 

January 29, 2018

This week SAM features a new blog post that examines U.S. security aid to Indonesia as Secretary of Defense Mattis considers lifting Leahy Law restrictions on an elite Indonesian counterterror unit. Our data fact presents U.S. security assistance to Indonesia in fiscal years 2007-2017.

 

January 22, 2018

This week SAM features Human Rights Watch's annual World Report to highlight security force abuses in countries where the U.S. remains a key source of military aid. A Washington Post article that was largely based on SAM's database was used in an apiece discussing the complex goals behind U.S. foreign aid. Our data fact draws from the Human Rights Watch report to show the amount of U.S. military aid for select countries where security forces continue to commit human rights abuses and unlawful killings of civilians.

 

January 16, 2018

This week SAM features a joint report by the Stimson Center and the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) on modifying U.S. arms sales to reduce civilian harm. SAM's Colby Goodman was quoted in an article on the transfer of responsibility for firearms exports from the State Department to Commerce. SAM's security assistance data was also sourced in articles on U.S. military aid to Tajikistan and Jordan as well as an article discussing how well U.S. weapons manufacturers will fare in 2018. Our data fact presents the top 20 U.S. arms sales notification recipients in 2017.

 

January 8, 2018

This week SAM features an event and joint report launch by the Stimson Center and the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) on modifying U.S. arms sales to reduce civilian harm. SAM's Seth Binder was quoted in an article on U.S. counterterrorism aid in the Middle East and SAM's security assistance data is used in two articles regarding U.S. security aid to Pakistan and Honduras. Our data fact uses a map to show the number of countries that the U.S. authorized arms sales to in FY 2016.

 

December 18, 2017

This week SAM features a new book by the Center for Complex Operations on Defense Institution Building (DIB). Our data fact presents the amount of U.S. support for DIB in FY 2015 through three key initiatives: the Wales Initiative, the Defense Institution Reform Initiative, and the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies.

 

December 11, 2017

This week SAM features an Al-Monitor article detailing the Pentagon's plans for providing the Lebanese Armed Forces with attack helicopters. SAM's security assistance data is used in an investigative piece on specific U.S.-trained military units in Honduras that have allegedly been deployed against election protestors. Our data fact presents the amount of U.S. security assistance to Lebanon from FY2013 to FY2017.

 

December 4, 2017

This week SAM features a report from the Center for American Progress on the future of U.S.-Jordanian bilateral counterterrorism cooperation. SAM's U.S. security assistance data is used to provide a breakdown of U.S. programs that provide funding to strengthen Jordan's ability to confront both internal and external threats. Our data fact presents the amount of U.S. security assistance to Jordan from FY2014 to FY2018.

 

November 21, 2017

This week SAM features an article highlighting the Trump Administration's decision to rescind a plan that allowed the importation of elephant hunt trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. Our data fact presents the amount of U.S. assistance for combating wildlife trafficking in sub-Saharan Africa in FY2017.

 

November 13, 2017

This week SAM features new U.S. arms delivery data for FY2016. SAM's arms sales notification data is cited in an article that examines President Trump's remarks concerning Japan's future purchases of U.S. weaponry. Our data fact displays the increase in U.S. arms deliveries from FY2012 to FY2016.

 

November 6, 2017

This week SAM features a Congressional Research Service report highlighting key issues for Congress to address regarding U.S. military engagement in Niger and the Sahel. SAM Director Colby Goodman weighs in on the implications of transferring oversight for military equipment exports to the commerce department, specifically the export of high-tech night vision gear. Our data fact displays U.S. security assistance to each of the G5 Sahel countries between FY2013 and FY2017.

 

October 30, 2017

This week SAM features a GRIP report highlighting halted arms sales from Balkan countries to the Middle East as well as the upcoming SAM event on tackling corruption in the global arms trade that will be co-hosted by Forum on the Arms Trade and the World Peace Foundation. SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in an article on the increase in U.S. military training to Africa and the need for risk assessments for U.S. military operations on the continent. Our data fact presents the rejected arms sales from the Balkans to Saudi Arabia between 2011-2015.

 

October 23, 2017

This week SAM features an upcoming event on tackling corruption in the global arms trade that will be co-hosted by SAM, Forum on the Arms Trade, and the World Peace Foundation. SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in an article on the Trump Administration's weapon push and easing of arms export regulations. Our data fact highlights the top 20 U.S. arms sales recipient countries so far under the Trump Administration.

 

October 16, 2017

This week's feature is a RAND report that identifies signposts and metrics for future U.S. ground interventions based on past and present examples. Our data fact highlights the top 10 U.S. proposed arms sales in 2017 thus far by recipient country.

 

October 9, 2017

This week's feature is SAM's infographic analyzing the spike in U.S. proposed arms sales under the Trump Administration. SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in two articles discussing the dangers of giving the Commerce Department oversight of firearms exports. Our data fact breaks down U.S. proposed arms sales for 2017 by region.

 

October 2, 2017

This week's feature is an article by SAM Director Colby Goodman and Stimson Center's Rachel Stohl highlighting the dangers of giving the Commerce Department oversight of firearms exports. SAM's factsheet comparing U.S. arms sales notifications under the Trump and Obama administrations is referenced in two articles looking at the increase in U.S. global arms sales. SAM's foreign military trainee data is also referenced in a report and a blog on U.S. assistance fueling the UAE's war in Yemen. Our data fact presents U.S. firearms sales notifications from January through July 2017.

 

September 25, 2017

This week's feature is a SAM factsheet comparing U.S. arms sales notifications under the Trump and Obama administrations. SAM is referenced in an article on the need for both State and Defense Departments to improve accountability in foreign aid resources. SAM Program Manager Seth Binder uses SAM's data in an article on U.S. policy in Iraq. Our data fact looks at the Trump administrations record arms sales notifications for both foreign military sales and direct commercial sales in 2017 compared to the Obama administration's arms sales notifications during the same time period in 2016.

 

September 18, 2017

This week feature is a report from a recent Defense Trade Advisory Group meeting on planned changes to U.S. arms export controls including efforts to move oversight of some firearms and ammunition exports from the State Department to the Commerce Department. Our data fact looks at four recent major arms sales notifications to Bahrain totaling over $3.9B.

 

September 11, 2017

This week feature is a report arguing that the Trump administration should not walk away from a decade of U.S. involvement in Lebanon's armed forces and counterterrorism institutions, which remain on the front line of the campaign against the Islamic State. SAM was mentioned in an article as a "helpful resource" on military spending and an article using SAM's security assistance data is sourced in an essay analyzing U.S. counterterrorism policy. Our data fact presents the significant cutback in U.S. security assistance to Lebanon in the fiscal year 2018 proposed budget in comparison to the annual security assistance since fiscal year 2010. 

 

August 28, 2017

This week feature is a Government Accountability Office report analyzing areas where the Defense Department has both succeeded and failed in regards to reaching performance metrics that track the rate that Foreign Military Sales (FMS) are processed. In light of the U.S. withholding security aid to Egypt, our data fact looks at the amount of U.S. security aid vs. the amount of economic aid to Egypt since fiscal year 2008 until 2017.

 

August 21, 2017

This week feature is a Government Accountability Office report reviewing inefficiencies within the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. SAM's blog is cited in an article examining how the UAE used economic development money to promote U.S. arms sales to the Gulf States and in another article on allegations of abuses at a counterterrorism base in Cameroon. Our data fact presents the top 10 countries for FMS notifications in 2017.

 

August 14, 2017

This week feature is a Government Accountability Office report reviewing weapons systems and equipment funded by both the Defense and State Department for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces between fiscal years 2002-2016. SAM's data is cited in an article examining successes and failures in U.S. foreign military training programs. SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in an article on private military contractor Erik Prince's proposal for Afghanistan. Our data fact looks at U.S. spending on Afghan security through four major programs during fiscal years 2012 to 2016. 

 

August 7, 2017

This week feature is a Human Rights First report calling on the U.S. to suspend military aid to Egypt over human rights abuses. Our data fact looks total U.S. security aid to Egypt in fiscal years 2007 to 2017. 

 

July 31, 2017

This week feature is a report by the Defense Department's Office of Inspector General on U.S. counterterrorism aid. A SAM factsheet on U.S. military and police aid programs is referenced in an article that discusses the risks of transferring military capabilities to nonstate armed groups. Our data fact looks at the Defense Department's allocations for its Section 1206 Train and Equip Authority between fiscal years 2006 to 2015. 

 

July 24, 2017

This week feature is a report by the House Appropriations Committee including more details on their spending bill for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for fiscal year 2018. SAM's data on U.S. security aid programs is referenced in an article on weapons transfers helping African countries battle militant groups. Our data fact compares funding levels for Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Pakistan under the Foreign Military Financing program as proposed by the House Appropriations Committee and the Trump Administration in relation to average yearly funding.

 

July 17, 2017

This week feature is the House Appropriations Committee's spending bill for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for fiscal year 2018. A SAM factsheet on U.S. military and police aid programs is referenced in an article that discusses the risks of transferring military capabilities to nonstate armed groups.

 

 

July 10, 2017

This week features a report by Transparency International that states that international security assistance to Ukraine is not always used effectively and calls for improved regulation, oversight, and transparency. Our data fact presents major changes in U.S. security aid to Ukraine from fiscal year 2017 to 2018.

 

July 5, 2017

This week features an article by SAM highlighting the fallacies surrounding the defense industry and the global arms trade. SAM's data on U.S. foreign military training is referenced in an article arguing that the billions of dollars spent on military training in Africa would be better spent on development and humanitarian relief. Our data fact compares U.S. security aid and economic aid to the African continent between fiscal years 2014 - 2018.

 

June 26, 2017

This week features a Defense Department report on current and future strategy for enhancing security and stability in Afghanistan. SAM's data on arms sales and security assistance to Pakistan is used in an article that examines attempts by Congress to downgrade Pakistan's status as a major U.S. ally. Our data fact shows how much the U.S. has spent through the Defense Department's Afghanistan Security Forces Fund since 2011. 

 

June 19, 2017

This week features a SAM blog post on Saudi-funded U.S. lobbying firms that are working to manipulate the Kingdom's image in the U.S. Our data fact shows total U.S. arms sales notifications, authorizations, and deliveries to Saudi Arabia between fiscal years 2013 to 2015. 

 

June 12, 2017

This week features a Congressional Research Service background report on Saudi Arabia and U.S. relations. A SAM blog post is cited in an article about corruption in Paraguay. Our data fact shows total U.S. arms sales authorizations to Qatar between 2010 and 2015. 

 

 

June 5, 2017

This week features a collection of resources compiled by Forum on the Arms Trade related to the Trump's $110 B arms deal with Saudi Arabia. SAM Program Manager Seth Binder is quoted in an article about the Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund's (CTEF) assistance for Iraq's Counter Terrorism Service. Our data fact shows the top 5 weapons supplied to Iraqi Security Forces through the FY18 Overseas Contingency Operations Request for CTEF. 

 

May 30, 2017

This week features SAM's fact sheet outlining significant cuts in the FY 2018 budget blueprint to State Department security assistance and peacekeeping programs. SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in two articles on the effects of the Trump's budget on critical U.S. security assistance programs. Our data fact highlights the significant cuts in the FY 2018 budget to the State Department programs mentioned above. 

 

May 22, 2017

This week features SAM's fact sheet on U.S. proposed arms sales under the Trump administration and provides details on the recent U.S.-Saudi arms deal. SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in an article on U.S. military engagement in Africa and our data is used in a report on U.S. assistance to Colombia. Our data fact presents the top 5 recipients of U.S. proposed arms sales under the Trump administration.

 

May 15, 2017

This week features RAND's recent report analyzing the Army's regionally alligned forces that aim to improve security cooperation efforts around the world. In light of Turkish President Erogan's upcoming meeting with Trump, our data fact breaks down the most recent figures on U.S. arms sales delivered to Turkey in FY 2015.

 

May 8, 2017

This week features SAM's recent trend report on U.S. foreign military training in FY 2015. Our data is used in an article on the increase in U.S. foreign military trainees in the Middle East and North Africa and in another article on U.S. foreign aid in East Africa. Our data fact highlights findings from our recent report on the top five recipients on U.S. foriegn military training in FY 2015.

 

 

May 1, 2017

This week we feature the Forum on the Arms Trade's "First 100 Days" blog series. Our data is used in an article on the increasing number of Defense Department-funded security aid programs and in another article on how U.S. foreign aid cuts may weaken efforts to combat organized crime and insecurity in Latin America. Our data fact presents U.S. training to Saudi Arabia through Foreign Military Sales between FY 2011 to FY 2015. 

 

April 24, 2017

This week's featured report assesses the threat the Islamic State poses to the United States adn examines possible strategies to counter the group. Our data fact presents U.S. security and economic aid in FY 2017 to countries where the Islamic State has controlled territory: Iraq, Syria, Libya, Nigeria, Eqypt, and Afghanistan.

 

April 17, 2017

This week's featured report addresses the Trump Administration's decision to launch missile strikes in Syria without congressional approval and reviews U.S. proposed security assistance to Syrians and the Syrian Opposition. SAM's data is used in an article on common "myths" about U.S. foreign aid. Our data fact presents U.S. arms deliveries to Nigeria between fiscal years 2012 and 2015.

 

April 10, 2017

This week features a recent project by the World Peace Foundation that includes a book and interactive website that aims to debunk the myths sustaining the global arms trade. Our data fact highlights U.S. Commerce Department exports to China for various crime control equipment in 2016. 

 

April 3, 2017

This week features a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) inventory of State and Defense Department security cooperation and assistance efforts in order to identify possible overlaps. Our data fact highlights the findings from the GAO inventory. SAM's data is used in an article discussing an increase in special forces trainings in Central Asia conducted by the United States.

 

March 27, 2017

This week features a brief overview of U.S. security cooperation activities aimed to increase the Iraqi Security Forces' capability. Our data fact presents select Foreign Military Sales to Taiwan between 2010 and 2016.

 

March 20, 2017

This week features a quick overview of security assistance budget cuts and proposals in the White House budget request for 2018. SAM's data is referenced in an article arguing that budget cuts should come from military aid instead of domestic programs. Our data fact presents an interactive map with the top recipients of U.S. Foreign Military Financing in 2017.

March 13, 2017

This week features a blog by SAM Program and Research Associate Christina Arabia on the State Departments notifications to Congress for commercial firearms sales in 2015 and 2016. Our data fact presents the total dollar amount of the State Department's commercial firearms divided by region.

March 6, 2017

This week features an article by SAM Director Colby Goodman on a new Commerce Department program that has led to a major increase in U.S. arms sales deliveries. SAM is quoted in an article on the U.S.' redoubled efforts to train and equip the Iraqi Military. Our data fact presents the top countries receiving arms sales under the Commerce Department's 600 series program.

February 27, 2017

This week SAM features SIPRI's new arms trade data and annual factsheet. SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in an article on the dramatic increase of U.S. arms sales to Mexico in the past five years. Our data fact highlights details about U.S. arms sales to Russia authorized by the Commerce Department. Our data fact presents total arms sales authorizations and deliveries to Mexico for 2013-2015.

 

February 21, 2017

This week SAM features a report analyzing U.S. government efforts to implement the Leahy Law. Our data is used in an article arguing that security assistance is ill suited for winning wars. Our data fact highlights details about U.S. arms sales to Russia authorized by the Commerce Department. 

 

February 13, 2017

This week SAM features good practices and lessons learned from ombuds institutions for the armed forces. Our data is referenced in an article about U.S. security aid to Kenya. Our data fact provides new details about arms sales in a breakdown on U.S. proposed arms sales to Saudi Arabia since October 2016.

 

February 6, 2017

This week SAM features key resources for police sector reform in complex environments. Our data is referenced in an article examining Western arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Our data fact examines the number of foreign soldiers that could be impacted by President Trump's immigration ban

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 30,2017

This week SAM Director, Colby Goodman's research on the use of arms brokers in U.S. arms deals is highlighted in CNBC's American Greed episode on "The Real War Dogs." SAM's data on U.S. foreign military aid is used in two articles. Our data fact breaks down how much the U.S. plans to provide to certain UN peacekeeping operations around the world in FY 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 23, 2017

This week SAM's analysis is featured in an investigative piece that exposes foreign security personnel accused of criminal or human rights abuses after receiving training in the United States. SAM's data is used in an article examining arms sales under Obama and a blog discussing U.S. security aid programs.

 

January 17, 2017

This week features a new report that describes the failures in U.S. security sector assistance and offers recommendations for the incomin administration. SAM is quoted and our data is used in article about new requirements in the National Defense Authorization Act and in an article about U.S. security aid to Palestine. Our data fact reinforces the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction's (SIGAR) High-Risk List report's determination that a high percentage of U.S.-provided fuel is stolen.

 

December 12, 2016

This week features the congressional budget resolution which contains apropriations for U.S. security aid to the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Eurasia, but not Latin America, through several programs. Our data fact identifies the increase in aid for the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund and looks at how much has been received since 2002.

 

December 5, 2016

This week features SAM's breakdown of the Defense Bill and identifies key military aid issues in Fiscal Year 2017. SAM's data on military aid and arms sales is used in an article on U.S. security assistance to Tajikistan. Our data fact highlights the amount of military equipment  exported to Turkey through the Commerce Department's 600 Series Program.

 

November 21, 2016

This week features an article by SAM Program Manager Seth Binder on Trump and security assistance. SAM is quoted and our data on military aid is used in an article on arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Our data fact states that the U.S. government approved companies to export "implements of torture" and other crime control equipment to war-torn Syria in 2015.