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Features of the Week
Untangling the Web: A Blueprint for Reforming American Security Sector Assistance
Open Society Foundations
This report describes the failures in U.S. security sector assistance and offers recommendations for the next administration to improve, plan and execute its security-related assistance. SAM's data is cited to demonstrate the rapid increase in U.S. security sector assistance spending since 9/11.
U.S. Arms Transfers to the UAE and Mideast Security
Center for International Policy
In a new report William Hartung analyzes U.S. arms transfers to the United Arab Emirates and the key role that the UAE plays in the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
SAM in the News
NDAA Gives State More Authority to Oversee Security Aid
Congressional Quarterly

Director of SAM, Colby Goodman is quoted discussing the increased oversight for security assistance programs given to the State Department in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017.

Questions Arise About Large Palestinian Security Budget

SAM Program Manager Seth Binder is quoted and our data is used to demonstrate the significant decrease in U.S. funding for the Palestinian security sector. 
Data Fact of the Week
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s (SIGAR) High-Risk List report found that a high percentage of fuel provided by the United States is stolen and that Taliban commanders often give instructions to their forces to buy fuel from the Afghan army and police. The theft of fuel not only robs U.S. taxpayers and damages the reconstruction effort, but profits from selling the stolen fuel can wind up in the hands of insurgents. In 2017 alone the United States has allocated over $350 million on Logistics Sustainment including Petroleum, Oil, and Lubrication (POL) products for the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan National Police (ANP). 
Security Assistance News Roundup

U.S. military aid is fueling big ambitions for Syria’s leftist Kurdish militia
The People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Kurdish rendition of the Turkish PKK, upsets Turkey, spreading PKK influence and expanding Kurdish operations.

U.S. increases support for Turkish military operations in Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unmoved by Obama's assistance due to his support for the Kurdish YPG, looks forward to relations with the Trump administration.
U.S. Army Contracts with SOSi for Security Assistance Officers Training Program
Training for officers providing security assistance in Saudi Arabia start this month.
U.S. military intends to focus on rapid response and integrating military components and domains, instead of focusing on single area concerns, as they have done in the past.
Secretary of State nominee, Rex Tillerson, faced the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last Wednesday. During his hearing he stated that the U.S. should provide Saudi Arabia better targeting intelligence to avoid mistakenly hitting civilians and that the U.S. needs to keep their longstanding relationship with the Philippines in perspective when discussing President Duterte’s violent anti-drug campaigns.
From the U.S. Government
U.S. Major Arms Sales Notifications
December 14, 2016
The estimated cost is $25 billion.

Government of Kuwait - 218 M1A2 tanks and related equipment, support, and training
December 13, 2016
The estimated cost is $1.7 million.
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