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Security Assistance in East Asia and the Pacific


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

Also see all countries listed from A to Z.

Map of East Asia and the Pacific


Foreign Military Financing (FMF): FMF in the East Asia and Pacific region will combat transnational terror and crime, promote military reform and build support for U.S. objectives in the region. In the Philippines, FMF will help build counterterrorism capabilities and continue a multi-year reform of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Funds will also be used to sustain logistical and support functions. Thailand will use FMF to support its counterterrorism units, thereby increasing its ability to combat terrorism and operate more effectively with U.S. forces. Mongolia will continue to use FMF to support its border communications project, which is designed to enhance border security, and prevent smuggling and other trans-national crime. Critical FMF for Indonesia will address shortfalls in maritime and border security including in the strategic Strait of Malacca, provide transportation capabilities for humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, and contribute to military reform. Funds for East Timor will be used to ensure the establishment of a competent defense force, which is trained, prepared and equipped to defend the country's sovereignty, perform civic actions, respond to natural disasters and emergencies, and develop policy and strategic direction under the rule of law.

International Military Education and Training (IMET): IMET in the Asia-Pacific region contributes to overall regional stability, strengthens military-to military ties and exposes civilian and military participants to our doctrine, military capabilities and democratic way of life. IMET objectives for the region are to encourage effective, positive defense relationships, support the development of more professional militaries, contribute to improved civil military relations, enhance regional stability and promote human rights. Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines and Thailand, the five largest IMET recipients in the region, are all key partners in the war on terrorism.


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