Section 1033 Counter-Drug Assistance

Section 1033 Counter-Drug Assistance At A Glance

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Section 1033 permits the Defense Department to assist 35 countries' counternarcotics efforts by providing non-lethal protective and utility personnel equipment, including navigation equipment, secure and non-secure communications equipment, radar equipment, night vision systems, vehicles, aircraft and boats. 

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Section 1033 authority, first enacted in the FY 1998 National Defense Authorization Act, permits the Defense Department to assist 41 countries' counternarcotics efforts by providing training, information exchange, and non-lethal protective and utility personnel equipment, including navigation equipment, secure and non-secure communications equipment, radar equipment, night vision systems, vehicles, aircraft and boats. Originally enacted to help the governments of Peru and Columbia combat riverine drug trafficking, this authority is now extended to the following state governments: Afghanistan, Bolivia, Ecuador, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Peru, Colombia, Guatemala, Belize, Panama, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Benin, Cape Verde, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Liberia, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo and others. Section 1033 requires the Secretary of Defense to consult with the Secretary of State. Any obligation of funds under this authority requires a 15-day prior notification to Congress by the Secretary of Defense that provided materiel will not adversely impact U.S. military operations and will only be used by employees of the approved state governments. This authority has recently been extended until FY2015, and its appropriations have steadily increased from a maximum of $20 million from FY1999-2003 to $100 million from FY2009-2013. Additionally, the Secretary of Defense is required, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to prepare for each FY a counter-drug plan involving eligible governments that includes a detailed security assessment of drug traffickers to a given country, an evaluation of previous and ongoing counter-drug operations by the government and a description of the resources contributed by the Departments of Defense and State for the FY(s) covered by the plan and the manner in which such resources will be utilized.

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