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About Security Assistance Monitor

Security Assistance Monitor is a program of the Center for International Policy, in collaboration with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, Latin America Working Group Education Fund, Project on Middle East Democracy and Washington Office on Latin America.

We track and analyze U.S. security and defense assistance programs worldwide. By informing policymakers, media, scholars, NGOs and the public (in the United States and abroad) about trends and issues related to U.S. foreign security assistance, we seek to enhance transparency and promote greater oversight of U.S. military and police aid, arms sales and training.

Our interactive database compiles all publicly available data on U.S. foreign security assistance programs worldwide from 2000 to the present. Collected from a wide range of government documents, the database provides detailed numbers on U.S. arms sales, military and police aid and training programs. Users can search these numbers by country, region, program and assistance type. Video tutorials and a frequently asked questions section show users how to find the numbers and information they need. Our programs pages provide descriptions of all U.S. security assistance programs.

While our database is global, our research and analysis provide more in-depth insight on U.S. security policy in Africa, Central Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East, which can be found in our blogfact sheets and publications. We also organize roundtables and briefings to promote a more nuanced understanding and encourage debate about key U.S. foreign security assistance issues.

In our extensive resource database of news, policy statements, legislation and events, users can find what lawmakers and experts are saying about U.S. global security policy, stay current with public events, hearings, official travel and reporting deadlines, and read all relevant security news for each of our focus regions.

See more at http://www.securityassistance.org.

Trump Makes Over $80 Billion in Major Arms Deals in First Year

By William D. Hartung

Mar-07-2018 | Report

Major Changes in Types of Weapons and Recipient Countries Compared to Obama Puts U.S. Manufacturing Jobs and Human Rights at Risk ... Read More »

US Foreign Military Training Reached Record Highs in 2015

By Security Assistance Monitor

May-03-2017 | Report

Washington, DC – The number of US foreign military trainees increased substantially in FY 2015, growing from 56,346 in FY 2014 to 79,865 in FY 2015, according to a new Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) report released today on trends in US foreign military training. The report, which is based on an analysis of the US “Foreign Military Training” report released earlier this year, marks the highest number of US military trainees in any year since FY 2006... Read More »

Country Profile: U.S. Security Assistance to Tunisia

By Colby Goodman, , Project on Middle East Democracy

Apr-21-2015 | Policy Brief

Tunisia is widely credited with initiating the wave of revolutions that swept the Arab world in 2011. Following the ouster of former President Ben Ali, the country navigated an extremely difficult political transition that culminated in the formation of a democratically elected government under a new constitution in December 2014... Read More »

Trump Admin. Continues Spike in Counterterrorism Aid to Africa

By Security Assistance Monitor

May-16-2018 | Press Release

U.S. Counterterrorism Aid Globally Increasingly Focused on Foreign Militaries, Border Security, and Anti-Radicalization... Read More »

Donald Trump Is America’s Number-One Weapon Salesman

By William D. Hartung

Apr-04-2018 |

And he couldn’t be prouder of the job he’s doing... Read More »

Selling Arms as if There Were No Tomorrow

By William D. Hartung, Security Assistance Monitor

Apr-01-2018 | Article

Few American exports are more successful globally than things that go boom in the night: Hollywood movies -- especially, of course, superhero films, which regularly garner vast international audiences -- and advanced weaponry of just about every imaginable kind... Read More »

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Taking Aim: A Closer Look at the Global Arms Trade

May-22-18 | DATE: May 22, 2018 TIME: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM LOCATION: Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20036

The inaugural Forum on the Arms Trade annual conference, "Taking Aim: A Closer Look at the Global Arms Trade," is a half-day event that will take place at the Stimson Center on May 22, 2018. The conference will feature leading experts, journalists, and members of civil society and the government. Join us as we look into the effects of the global arms trade on human and national security, and discuss how the U.S. can better assess risk when transferring arms. ... Read More »

Jobs, Security, and Human Rights: Striking a Balance in U.S. Arms Export Policy

Apr-05-18 | DATE: Thursday, April 5, 2018 TIME: 10:00 AM -11:30 AM (90 minutes) LOCATION: Center for International Policy, 2000 M Street NW, Basement Conf. Room A, Washington, DC 20036C, 20036

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