U.S. Security Cooperation with Iraq: A Timeline from 2003 to 2018

Submitted by Colby Goodman on Fri, 03/16/2018 - 03:58

As the United States approaches the 15th anniversary of its invasion of Iraq and continues to provide significant levels of aid to the security forces, this timeline shows some of the key events that shaped the U.S.-Iraqi security aid relationship during this period.



Trump Makes Over $80 Billion in Major Arms Deals in First Year

Submitted by Christina Arabia on Tue, 03/06/2018 - 13:54

A report released today by the Security Assistance Monitor program of the Center for International Policy documents over $80 billion in U.S. arms sales notifications to Congress during the Trump Administration’s first year in office. The Trump Administration total of $82.2 billion for 2017 slightly exceeded the Obama Administration’s total of $76.5 billion for 2016, and was more than $20 billion less than the peak year of the Obama Administration’s major arms sales offers in 2010.


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.


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.

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.

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.