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FMF  |  IMET  |  PKO  |  NADR-HD  |  NADR-ITF  |  NADR-SA/LW

Foreign Military Financing (FMF): Foreign Military Financing (FMF) is a critical foreign policy tool for promoting U.S. interests around the world by ensuring that coalition partners and friendly foreign governments are equipped and trained to work toward common security goals and share burdens in joint missions. In that regard, FMF is vital to supporting U.S. coalition partners in the war on terrorism. FMF provides grants for the acquisition of U.S. defense equipment, services and training, which promotes U.S. national security by contributing to regional and global stability, strengthening military support for democratically-elected governments, and containing transnational threats including terrorism and trafficking in narcotics, weapons, and persons. These grants enable key allies and friends to improve their defense capabilities and foster closer military relationships between the U.S. and recipient nations. Increased military capabilities build and strengthen multilateral coalitions with the U.S. and enable friends and allies to be increasingly interoperable with regional, U.S., and NATO forces. By increasing demand for U.S. systems, FMF also contributes to a strong U.S. defense industrial base, an important element of U.S. national defense strategy that reduces cost for Department of Defense acquisitions and secures more jobs for American workers. Read more about FMF


The International Military Education and Training (IMET): The IMET program is an instrument of U.S. national security and foreign policy and a key component of U.S. security assistance that provides training and education on a grant basis to students from allied and friendly nations. In addition to improving defense capabilities, IMET facilitates the development of important professional and personal relationships, which have proven to provide U.S. access and influence in a critical sector of society that often plays a pivotal role in supporting, or transitioning to, democratic governments. IMET's traditional purpose of promoting more professional militaries around the world through training has taken on greater importance as an effective means to strengthen military alliances and the international coalition against terrorism. Read more about IMET.  


 
Peacekeeping Operations (PKO):
PKO funds support multilateral peacekeeping and regional stability operations that are not funded through the UN mechanism. This funding helps to support regional peace support operations for which international coalitions or neighboring countries take primary responsibility. These funds also help build capabilities in countries seeking to participate in international peace support missions. The United States is committed to enhancing the ability of other nations and international organizations to carry out voluntary peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, thereby sharing an international burden to restore regional stability and peace. Read more about PKO.

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Nonproliferation, Anti-terrorism, Demining, and Related Programs - Humanitarian Demining (NADR-HD): The U.S. Humanitarian Demining Program seeks to relieve human suffering caused by landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) while promoting U.S. foreign policy interests. Program objectives are designed to protect victims of conflict and promote regional stability by reducing civilian casualties, creating conditions for the safe return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their homes, and restoring access to land and infrastructure. The U.S. furthers these objectives by supporting mine action projects and by helping to develop indigenous mine action capabilities in mine-affected nations. Read more about NADR-HD.


Nonproliferation, Anti-terrorism, Demining, and Related Programs - International Trust Fund (NADR-ITF): The program supporting the International Trust Fund (ITF) for Demining and Mine Victims' Assistance is a special component of the U.S. humanitarian demining program, which conducts and monitors mine action activities primarily in the Balkan region. Read more about NADR-ITF.


Nonproliferation, Anti-terrorism, Demining, and Related Programs - Small Arms/Light Weapons (NADR-SA/LW): The Small Arms/Light Weapons (SA/LW) destruction program is designed to eliminate excess, loosely secured or other at-risk small arms and light weapons worldwide. Destruction of these weapons contributes to U.S. force protection and regional security efforts by helping prevent the spread of illicit weapons to insurgent groups and terrorist organizations. The FY 2007 program will focus on destruction of shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles, or MANPADS, that increasingly have been sought after and used by terrorist groups in Kenya, Iraq, and elsewhere. Read more about NADR-SA/LW.

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