Corruption in the Defense Sector: Identifying Key Risks to U.S. Counterterrorism Aid

Submitted by Colby Goodman on Wed, 09/12/2018 - 12:11

A report released today by the Center for International Policy’s Security Assistance Monitor finds that two-thirds of the recipients of U.S. counterterrorism aid pose serious corruption risks.  The report indicates that these risks are due to corrupt practicies such as favortisim and nepotism, bribery, theft of defense resources, and drug, arms, oil, or human smuggling. These practices can undermine U.S. counterterrorism efforts by weakening U.S. partner military capabilities and motivation and by aiding financing and recruitment by violent extremist groups.


Upcoming Event: Corruption Risks to U.S. Counterterrorism Aid

Submitted by Colby Goodman on Mon, 09/10/2018 - 14:36

The United States has encountered serious challenges in building the capacity of foreign military and security forces to combat terrorist groups from corruption. In countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Mali, Nigeria, and Yemen, corruption was at the root of why counterterrorism efforts failed or stalled and why U.S. weapons and training were diverted or not used at all. But, where will the United States faces similar risks in the future, and how can the United States better mitigate these risks? Please join the below speakers to help answers these tough questions.


Taking Aim: A Closer Look at the Global Arms Trade

The inaugural Forum on the Arms Trade annual conference, "Taking Aim: A Closer Look at the Global Arms Trade," was a half-day event held on May 22, 2018 at the Stimson Center.

SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in this article on this year's U.S. defense authorization bill, which calls for protection of U.S. technology even as weapons sales to the Middle East boom.
SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in this piece about a possible loophole in the Trump Administration’s new arms export policy.

U.S. Arms Sales Notifications in 2018

Submitted by Christina Arabia on Sun, 07/22/2018 - 11:17

The Trump Administration's proposed amount of major U.S. arms sales in 2018 falls short of 2017 by $4 billion, moving from $82 billion in 2017 to $78 billion in 2018. The bulk of the proposed arms sales are going to countries in the Europe and Eurasia region and for miltiary aircraft and engines. Check out our new fact sheet for more details.

SAM's arms sales data is used in this article stating that some of the biggest beneficiaries of the recent NATO Summit could be U.S. weapons manufacturers.
SAM's fact sheet on congressional notifications for U.S. firearms exports was cited in this piece that details the major critiques of the Trump Administration's proposed firearms export rule.
SAM’s data on American counterterrorism aid to sub-Saharan Africa is used in this article about the U.S. scaling back aid to African military units fighting terrorism as it realigns its defense strategy to compete with more traditional threats from China and Russia.