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Security Assistance Reform: "Section 1206" Background and Issues for Congress

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Section 1206 of the National Defense Authorization Act NDAA for Fiscal Year 2006 provides the Secretary of Defense with authority to train and equip foreign military and foreign maritime security forces. The Department of Defense DOD values this authority as an important tool to train and equip military partners. Funds may be obligated only with the concurrence of the Secretary of State. Thus far, the Department of Defense DOD has used Section 1206 authority primarily to provide counterterrorism CT support. These funds may also be used to train and equip foreign military forces for military and stability operations in which U.S. forces participate. As of the date of this report, Section 1206 allocations for FY2006-FY2009 and congressionally notified plans for FY2010 total about 1.2 billion. For FY2010, Congress provided 345 million in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010, P.L. 111-118. The amount is not specified in the act but is included under the total appropriated to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.. Of this amount, about 238 million has been notified to and accepted by congressional oversight committees to date. Almost two-thirds of this funding 155.3 million is provided for CT support in Yemen. Some 18 million is provided for CT support in the Philippines and 64 million to assist 12 countries in greater Europe in preparing troops to participate in the NATO International Stabilization Assistance Force ISAF in Afghanistan. Through the use of nearly 1 billion in FY2006 through FY2009 funds, Section 1206 supported bilateral programs in 24 countries, 13 multilateral programs, and a global human rights program. Just over 40 of the FY2006-FY2009 Section 1206 funding was obligated for three countries Pakistan, Lebanon, and Yemen. Another 20 was allocated for bilateral programs in four countries Bahrain, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Civil Defense

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