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Security Assistance in the Western Hemisphere


Information on security assistance administered by the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs is available on a country-by-country basis through the links to the left. For an explanation of various types of security assistance (FMF, IMET, PKO, NADR) click here

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  Map of Western Hemisphere

Foreign Military Financing (FMF): FMF in the Western Hemisphere focuses on key U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives for the region by ensuring that militaries are equipped and professionally trained to exert effective authority over their national territory, control approaches to the United States and participate in coalition and peacekeeping operations. The majority of assistance will go to supporting Colombia in its efforts to establish and strengthen national authority over remote areas that shelter terrorists and support the illegal narcotics trade. FMF will be used to support El Salvador's efforts to control its borders against terrorist and narcotrafficking threats, upgrade its disaster relief capabilities, and increase its interoperability for coalition and peacekeeping operations. FMF also plays a critical role in U.S. homeland defense by improving the capacity of countries on our southern borders and approaches, including the island states that form our "third border." Towards this end, FMF is being requested in FY 2007 to continue the Operation Enduring Friendship initiative, which will provide support to countries in the Caribbean and Central America. By improving the ability of these countries to control their sovereign territory and provide for a robust maritime interdiction program, much can be done to combat transnational crime and counter terrorism. Finally, FMF will used to provide equipment and training to those countries in the region that are willing to work closely with the United States and its allies around the globe in support of coalition and/or peacekeeping operations.

International Military Education and Training (IMET): In the Western Hemisphere region, the largest programs belong to Argentina, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Honduras. The primary audience in these and other programs in the region remains the junior and mid-grade ranks, whose development can be positively influenced by exposure to the United States. IMET particularly enhances regional security by consolidating gains Latin American militaries have made in subordinating themselves to civilian control. Additionally, the IMET program will reach out to the civilian side of the region's defense establishment to continue with ongoing efforts to provide educational opportunities to civilian leaders, thereby enhancing civil-military relations.


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