Accession Number : AD1009294

Title :   Reforming The U.S. Security Assistance Export Process To Build Existing Capabilities

Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Personal Author(s) : Stokes,John Jr E

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Report Date : 01 Dec 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 73

Abstract : Security assistance is a key element in the formulation of foreign policy in the United States. The Department of State, the Department of Defense, and other agencies are involved in planning and managing the programs. This paper aims at evaluating security assistance programs in the United States and the mechanisms the government can use to leverage the programs and build upon the existing capabilities. Consequently, this paper examines the roles of the agencies and departments involved in the programs to offer an understanding of the limitations and challenges experienced in the execution of the programs. While acknowledging the expanding role of the programs, the findings indicate a need for reforms in the export-control mechanisms since they have a direct effect on security assistance. Additionally, the findings highlight redundancies in the execution of the programs because of the involvement of many agencies and departments, which have duplicated roles. The study recommends a governance framework in the management of the programs since the framework could help in the integration of the redundant roles.

Descriptors :   MILITARY ASSISTANCE , exports , Foreign Military Sales , military applications , export controls , international trade , commerce , department of state , department of defense , national security , foreign policy , REGULATIONS

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE