According to the U.S. government’s latest foreign military training report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, the United States trained 29,784 military or police personnel from Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), significantly more than any other region in the world. By contrast, the United States trained 12,157 personnel from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and 10,043 personnel from Latin America and the Caribbean in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 (see below chart).

The State Department’s annual report titled “...

Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. The bill is identical to the recently agreed NDAA by both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

Despite its name, the Defense Department justification for the Iraq Train and Equip Fund shows it would only be used for the provision of weapons, military equipment and construction of training facilities with no funding for training.

The White House sent a request to Congress yesterday to approve an additional $5.6 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding to support a strategy to “degrade, and ultimately defeat” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Within the $5.6 billion, the Obama Administration is asking for $1.6 billion for a new Iraq Train and Equip Fund (ITEF).

With the recent military takeover in Burkina Faso, there is increasing attention on U.S. security assistance to the key U.S. counterterrorism ally. According to the Washington Post, soon after mass protests led to former president Blaise Comparore’s resignation, the country’s military suspended the constitution and staged what appears to be a military coup. 

On October 20, 2014, the Center for International Policy (CIP) launched Security Assistance Monitor, a new program and web-resource that will track U.S. military and police assistance and arms sales with a focus on Africa, Central Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East.