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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.

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, Seth Binder, 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 »

Honduras: A Government Failing to Protect Its People

By Sarah Kinosian, Lisa Haugaard

Mar-09-2015 | Report

Last December, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) and Center for International Policy (CIP) traveled to Honduras for a first-hand look at events in the country. What we found was a security situation in shambles and a country in dire need of reform. A number of alarming issues face Honduras today, including mass migration, the disturbing and highly visible militarization of law enforcement, grave threats against human rights defenders, and a lack of an effective and independent justice system... Read More »

Five dangers of giving the Commerce Department oversight of firearms exports

By Colby Goodman, Rachel Stohl

Sep-25-2017 |

U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Buy American” agenda is taking a potentially deadly turn, with the administration expected to issue new regulations that would make it easier for U.S. firearms and related ammunition to reach terrorists, criminal organizations and corrupt and abusive foreign security forces... Read More »

Debunking Myths that Fuel Irresponsible U.S. Defense Policy

By Colby Goodman, Taner Bertuna

Jun-30-2017 |

As President Trump continues to authorize record-breaking U.S. arms deals to Saudi Arabia and many other countries around the world and propose major increases in Pentagon spending, he is positioning himself to claim wins on two of his campaign promises: build a military that is “gonna be so strong nobody’s gonna mess with us,” and increase U.S. jobs... Read More »

Commerce Department Boosts Arms Sales Deliveries to Record High

By Colby Goodman

Mar-01-2017 |

U.S. arms sales deliveries jumped to more than $25 billion in FY 2015, increasing the total value of U.S. arms deliveries by at least $5 billion over recent years, according to latest data from several U.S. government reports. The major increase in U.S. arms sales deliveries comes from a relatively new Commerce Department program established in part to help U.S. companies export certain types of military equipment more easily. Some arms industry associations are already urging the Trump administration to further reduce controls on defense companies exporting arms, but it’s too early to tell what specific controls the administration would seek to reduce... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

Tackling Corruption in the Global Arms Trade

Nov-02-17 | DATE: Thursday, November 2 2017 TIME: 10:00-11:30AM LOCATION: Center for International Policy 2000 M St NW, Basement Conference Room A, Washington DC, 20036

Please join experts with experience in U.S. export enforcement, the global arms trade and corruption, and U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan to discuss new challenges and opportunities to address corruption in the arms trade.... Read More »

Global Anti-Corruption: Transparency in the Modern Age

Oct-17-17 | 40 Washington Sq S. New York, NY

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Crisis in Yemen - Humanitarian and Security Consequences of Military Support to the Region

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