SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in this article that examines Erik Prince’s proposal to bridge the Afghanistan air force’s capability gaps with his own private air force and the broader issue of private military companies operating in roles typically in the purview of nation states.
The article cites multiple reports using SAM’s data on U.S. programs that train foreign forces and discusses controversial issues surrounding these programs, including the likelihood that foreign military personnel trained by the U.S. are involved in coup attempts or human rights abuses.
In accordance with provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017, this GAO report reviews weapon systems and equipment funded by the Defense (DOD) and State Departments for the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police—collectively known as the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Since fiscal year 2002, more than $76 billion has been appropriated or allocated for various DOD and State programs to support Afghan security, and DOD has disbursed almost $18 billion for equipment and transportation.
This article covers Erik Prince's proposal to the Afghan government to provide air support through his company, Frontier Services Group.
This article covers US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent trip to El Salvador and discusses the challenges of an oversimplified approach to crime reduction and peacebuilding.
This article discusses the adoption of a United Nations resolution designed to prevent and disrupt the flow of weapons to terrorist networks and the methods to do so.
The article states that Trump decided to cancel the covert program to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels after weapons ended up in the hands of Al-Qaeda fighters.
This article discusses a push by both Defense and State Department officials to arm Ukrainian troops with lethal aid to counter Russian-backed separatists fighting for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic.
This article discusses a new study that states that the U.S.-backed Afghan government could compel the Taliban to pursue peace once they regain control of at least 80% of Afghan districts.
This blog discusses why Kabul and Washington must rethink their current strategy and address inherent problems in their approach to building the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

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