How Defense Dollars Are Wasted on Security Assistance

This brief from the National Center for Policy Analysis looks at security assistance programs and how they work in the House and Senate versions of the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The brief argues that the new NDAA is improved in that it would give the Pentagon greater control over security assistance to other countries, oversight now generally reserved to the State Department. However, utilizing Nigeria and Somalia as test cases, it argues that current security assistance programs are ineffective and often undermine American security. Instead the report argues that the congress should reallocate the billions of dollars for training and equipping other countries to mission-critical areas within the U.S. military.

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