U.S. Foreign Military Training to Benin, Mexico, and Ukraine Spike in 2016

Submitted by Christina Arabia on Sat, 02/10/2018 - 09:55

The number of U.S. foreign military trainees increased substantially from 79,865 trainees in FY 2015 to 128,280 trainees in FY 2016, according to the State Department’s recent U.S. “Foreign Military Training” reports.

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Indonesia Requests U.S. to Reduce Limitations on U.S. Security Aid to Indonesian Special Forces Unit

Submitted by Christina Arabia on Fri, 01/26/2018 - 13:13

Indonesian Defense Minister Ryacudu asked U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis on his recent trip to Indonesia to reduce existing Leahy Laws limitations on U.S. security aid to one of its Special Forces units, Kopassus, although it has history of human rights violations.

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This article covers the United States’ recent increase of military aid to Georgia in light of the fact that Georgia’s ability to join NATO has decreased.

Niger: Frequently Asked Questions About the October 2017 Attack on U.S. Soldiers

Submitted by SAM Asia on Mon, 11/06/2017 - 07:25

The deadly attack on U.S. soldiers in Niger and their local counterparts in October has highlighted a range of issues for Congress to address. This includes oversight and authorization of U.S. military deployments, evolving U.S. global counterterrorism activities and strategy, interagency security assistance and cooperation efforts, and U.S. engagement with countries historically considered peripheral to core U.S. national security interests. This report provides background information in response to frequently asked questions on the U.S. military’s involvement in Niger and identifies potential issues for Congress to address.

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SAM Director Colby Goodman weighs in on the debate surrounding the transfer of oversight for military equipment exports to the commerce department, specifically the export of high-tech night vision gear.
This article explores how recent engagements between Kurdish groups and the Iraqi government may disrupt efforts to fight the Islamic State.
This article discusses the American military command in Afghanistan's decision to keep secret key figures related to the growth and progress of local security forces.
This article states that President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi has sought to address the symptoms of terrorism rather than its causes allowing his regime to crack down on dissent and consequently fuel extremist violence.
This article discusses how Washington's decision to end military aid to some Myanmar units involved in the forced displacement of the Rohingya minority may backfire on U.S. efforts to end the crackdown.

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