A citizen's guide to U.S. security and defense assistance

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In addition to interactive datasets, we provide analysis and access to extensive resources about the United States’ security relationship with the countries and people of Africa, Central Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.

On this website you will find:

  • An interactive dataset providing data from 2000 to the present on the United States’ military and police aid, training programs, and arms sales to the rest of the world. We also track data on U.S. humanitarian and development aid to compare against the level of U.S. military and police aid.
  • An extensive resource database catalogues relevant policy statements, legislation, news, and more. Use this as your source for information on what others are saying about U.S. global security policy, whether in the U.S. Government, the U.S. Congress, other governments, or NGOs.  
  • Expert analysis highlights trends and offers perspectives U.S. security policy worldwide. Our blog offers timely analysis and contextualization of current events and the data found in our datasets. Fact sheets shine light on relevant events and U.S. policies. Our publications provide a more in depth look at and analysis of the trends in U.S. security policy worldwide.  
  • A calendar presents upcoming public events, hearings, official travel, reporting deadlines and more. (Coming soon!) 
  • An image gallery presents public-domain photos depicting U.S. engagement with the world, taken mostly from official U.S. government online sources. (Coming soon!)

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Analysis

1/27/15 | Fact Sheets
New Defense Department Programs in the National Defense Authorization Act FY2015

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 includes many provisions that affect the way the U.S. military engages in foreign military and police aid, training and arms sales worldwide. Based on an initial review of the bill (H.R. 3979), it would create at least seven...

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1/27/15 | Fact Sheets
Foreign Military Training Report FY2013: Trends

Foreign Military Training and DoD Engagement Activities of Interest details the foreign policy justification and purpose for the U.S. training activity, the number of foreign military personnel provided training and their units of operation, and the location of the training. This fact sheet...

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1/27/15 | Blog
Latin America Arms Transfers and Arms Trafficking Update
  • Guillermo León, commander of the Air Force of Colombia, disclosed an intention to purchase...
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Resources

1/28/15 | News
If Only We’d Just Spent More Blood and Treasure in Yemen
U.S. drone strikes and other activities have undoubtedly killed some number of AQAP members; the problem is that they have also killed plenty of innocent Yemenis, increased sympathy for AQAP in some circles, and generally turned Yemeni opinion against the United States itself.
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1/28/15 | News
The Lesson From Yemen
What went wrong for the U.S.-backed government in Yemen, and what are the consequences for counterterrorism operations there against al-Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate? Both questions have disturbing answers.
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1/28/15 | Policy Statements
U.S. Condemns Bombings of Civilian Hospital in Sudan's Southern Kordofan
The United States strongly condemns the January 20 aerial bombing of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Frandala, Southern Kordofan by the Sudan Armed Forces.
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Upcoming Dates

01/28/15 | Event

Official release of the findings of Freedom in the World 2015, Freedom House’s annual country by country assessment of political and civil rights. The report,Discarding Democracy: A Return to the Iron Fist, highlights key global and regional trends in freedom over the past year. The discussion...

01/28/15 | Hearings

A hearing of the Senate Committee on Armed Services regarding the impact of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and sequestration on national security.

01/29/15 | Event

2014 seemed like a year of foreign policy crises – Ukraine, Russia, the Middle East. While most of these may have moved from the top of the news cycle, by no means have they been solved permanently. It is a little under two years before the next presidential election...