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DOD Role in Security and Foreign Assistance June 17, 2009

Posted by Stephen Abott in Analysis.
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The Defense Department (DOD) role in security and foreign assistance has grown with the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and counterterrorism operations.  DOD’s role in foreign assistance programs first began to expand in the mid-1980’s but there has been a sharp increase in DOD funding and authority for security assistance initiatives since 2002.  The Defense Department’s expanded role in non-kinetic activity includes the following programs:

DOD Assist Program

FY 2002-FY 2009 Enacted Ag Total

FY 2009 Pending Supp*

FY 2010 Req

Similar State/

USAID Prog

Global Train and Equip

(Section 1206)

$850 m.

$0

$400 m.

FMF

Security and Stabilization

(Section 1207)

$350 m.

$0

$200 m.

OTI

Support to Foreign Forces

(Section 1208)

$60 m.

$0

$0

FMF, ESF

Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund

$0

$1,100 m.**

$700 m.

FMF, INCLE

Iraq/Afghanistan Security Forces Fund

$34,685 m.

$3,600 m.

$7,500 m.

FMF, INCLE

Cooperative Threat Reduction

$3,330 m.

$0

$404 m.

NADR

OHDACA

$814 m.

$0

$85 m.

IDFA

Coalition Support Fund

$8,345 m.

$1,000 m.

$1,600 m.

ESF, FMF

“Lift and Sustain”

$1,683 m.

$150 m.

$300 m.

ESF, FMF

Commander’s Emergency Response Program

$6,413 m.

$453 m.

$1,500 m.

OTI, DA, ESF

Counter Terrorism Fellowship Program

$168 m.

$0

$35 m.

IMET

Combatant Commander’s Initiative Fund

$345 m.

$12.5 m.

$100 m.

FMF, ESF, and others

Drug Interdiction and Counterdrug Activities

$8,455 m.

$120 m.

$1,400 m.

INCLE

Total

$65,498 m.

OHDACA: Overseas Humanitarian Disaster and Civic Assistance; FMF: Foreign Military Financing; ESF: Economic Support Funds; OTI: Office of Transition Initiatives; DA: Development Assistance; INCLE: International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement; IDFA: International Disaster and Famine Assistance; IMET: International Military Education and Training

*Conference Committee Report, 6/12/09.

**Includes $400 m. for FY 09 and $700 m. for FY 2010

While the DOD has expressed repeated frustration at the lack of capability of civilian organizations to fill the void concerning security and foreign assistance efforts, DOD has acquired a substantial portfolio of such funding and authorities.  The expanded DOD role reflects reluctance on the part of Congress to give the Department of State the flexible authorities and level of funding that it provides the DOD.  This reluctance stems from general mistrust of how State will use such flexible authority and if it is capable of handling an expanded role in security assistance.  The result is a sizeable non-kinetic infrastructure within the DOD.

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