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             March 20, 2017
Feature of the Week
White House Publishes Budget Requests for FY 2017-18
Security Assistance Monitor

The White House submitted an outline of its budget request for FY 2018 and its supplemental budget request for FY 2017 this week. The FY 2018 request would require some countries receiving U.S. Foreign Military Financing grants to pay the U.S. government back and would reduce the amount the United States pays for UN peacekeeping. The FY 2017 request includes additional funding for and modifications to the new U.S. authority to train and equip certain foreign forces fighting ISIS.
SAM in the News
The New York Times, March 17, 2017
In an article arguing that budget cuts should come from military aid instead of domestic programs, SAM’s data is used to show the cost and scale of the Pentagon’s arms and training programs.
Security Assistance News & Research Roundup

News & Blog Posts
White House Plan to Gut Foreign Military Financing Would Cost Defense Jobs, Senators Warn
Defense News, March 13, 2017
This article examines the Trump administration's plans to terminate U.S. subsidies for foreign allies to buy American-made weapons outright and replace them with a loans program.

Trump Administration Crafting Big New Arms Sales to Taiwan
U.S. News and World Report, March 17, 2017
This article discusses the Trump Administration's efforts to send a much larger U.S. arms sale package to Taiwan than the Obama Administration wanted to help the country defend against China.

Foreign Military Sales Reform Progressing at Slow Pace
National Defense Magazine, March 2017
This article discusses changes to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency under the 2016 NDAA, and the agency’s efforts to streamline the Foreign Military Sales process. 

African Militaries Wonder What ‘America First’ Means For Them
Defense News, March 13, 2017
The article discusses concerns from African military leaders that badly needed U.S. security assistance comes at an uncertain time for U.S. policy and military involvement abroad.

Trump Is Letting Human Rights Deteriorate, Bahrain is Exhibit A
Washington Post, March 13, 2017
The article states that Trump’s resumption of an F-16 sale to Bahrain allows for human rights conditions to deteriorate as the leadership in Bahrain launch a new crackdown on opponents.

What is Saudi Arabia Going to do with its Arms Buildup?
Newsweek, March 17, 2017
This opinion piece looks at the history of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia to show that Obama’s decision to sell arms to the Saudis was not outside the norms of U.S. policy.

Research & Analysis
Foreign Military Sales
Defense News, March 2017
This eBook analyzes various aspects of the Foreign Military Sales program and the ways it has changed under the Obama administration.

Development and Pilot Test of the RAND Program Evaluation Toolkit for Countering Violent Extremism
RAND, March 13, 2017
This report summarizes the complementary methods used to develop the toolkit, including a review of CVE programs, to identify data collection practices and challenges to evaluation. 

Qatar: Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy
Congressional Research Service, March 15, 2017
This report reviews Qatar’s political and economic situation, focusing on many aspects of the it’s relationship with the U.S. including security aid and cooperation.
Data Fact of the Week 
The top 5 Foreign Military Financing recipients in FY2017 are Israel ($3.1B), Egypt ($1.3B), Jordan ($350M), Pakistan ($265M), and Iraq ($150M). See our FMF Fact Sheet for an interactive infographic of the map and our military aid database for more details.
From the U.S. Government

Defense Department Notifications
DSCA: Government of Singapore - XM395 Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative (APMI) Rounds
March 14, 2017
The estimated cost is $66 million.

DoD/DSCA Posts SAMM and Policy Memoranda, DSCA Policy 16-35
March 15, 2017
This memo updates the Security Assistance Management Manual with procedures for requests of information on defense articles/services/trainings managed by the US Special Operation Command. It also defines roles and responsibilities. 

Congressional Notifications
H.R.1619 - To authorize assistance and training to increase maritime security and domain awareness of foreign countries bordering the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, or the Mediterranean Sea in order to deter and counter illicit smuggling and related maritime activity by Iran, including illicit Iranian weapons shipments.
March 17, 2017

H.J.Res.89 - Authorization for Use of Military Force Against al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
March 15, 2017

H.R.1544 - To amend the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009 to make 2,500 visas available for the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa program, and for other purposes
March 15, 2017

H.Res.202 - Reaffirming the commitment of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
March 16, 2017

White House Notification
Readout of the President's Meeting with Mohammed bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
March 15, 2017
During the meeting the President and Deputy Crown Prince discussed ongoing security and military cooperation between the two countries in confronting Daesh/ISIS.

Justice Department
Justice/ATF Seeks Comments on Form 5300.11, Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report
March 16, 2017
Comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged and will be accepted until May 15, 2017.
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