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Pentagon wins turf war with State over military aid January 21, 2010

Posted by Rebecca Williams in Analysis.
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Josh Rogin’s article in Foreign Policy highlights the current state of play between DOD and State over US foreign and security assistance, with DOD coming out ahead.

DOD has historically played an important role in US foreign assistance.  In the past thirty years, the DOD began to take on a much greater role in the planning, budgeting and implementation foreign assistance programs. This trend has further accelerated in the last decade as funding for new authorities and programs have emerged in the DOD as part of an overall increase in the capacity of the military to conduct foreign assistance activities.

Since 2001, Congress has authorized or appropriated more than $70 billion in funds to support these DOD-led foreign and security assistance initiatives, the majority of which sustain programs in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Several initiatives within this new DOD architecture parallel traditional foreign assistance programs funded through the International Affairs budget.  These programs include Section 1206, Section 1207, the Counterterrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP), and DOD’s counternarcotics programs.  The toolkit of American statecraft has begun to tilt increasingly to the military side and this trend, if continued, will have significant implications for the capacity of the State Department to direct overall US foreign policy.

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1. Daniel G. Clark - January 27, 2010

What if humanitarian-response readiness were the main mission of our professional “defense” force instead of ancillary to war and war preparation?


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