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COUNTERTERRORISM: DOD Should Fully Address Security Assistance Planning Elements in Global Train and Equip Project Proposals


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The United States has undertaken several efforts, including DODs Global Train and Equip program, to help foreign partners strengthen their security capacity. Presidential Policy Directive 23 states that agencies should target security assistance where it can be effective and highlights the importance of addressing several planning elements in project proposals. DOD develops proposals, using guidance implementing the directive, and selects projects with the Department of State. The fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act included a provision for GAO to review the Global Train and Equip program. In this report, GAO examines (1) the status of funding DOD allocated for Global Train andEquip projects in fiscal years 2009 through 2017, (2) the extent to which DOD addressed key security assistance planning elements in project proposals in fiscal years 2016 and 2017, and (3) DODs reporting on the achievement of Global Train and Equip project objectives and anyfactors affecting its ability to achieve those objectives. GAO analyzed agency data and program documents and interviewed DOD and StateDepartment officials in Washington, D.C., and at selected combatant commands and embassies. GAO recommends DOD (1) update project proposal guidance to include instructions for documenting sustainment planning and (2) formalize as written policy its informal process for ensuring Global Train and Equip project proposals fully document the four required planning elements. DOD agreed with the recommendations.



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