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Security Assistance Team


The Security Assistance Team develops military assistance policy and manages security assistance funding through three programs: Foreign Military Financing (FMF), International Military Education and Training (IMET), and Peacekeeping Operations (PKO). The Security Assistance Team, in close cooperation with the Director of Foreign Assistance, regional bureaus, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, and U.S. regional combatant commanders, determines military assistance policy, develops and manages the programs' budgets, provides notifications to Congress, supports determinations made to waive legislative constraints on security assistance funding, distributes funds, and provides program oversight. Additionally, the Security Assistance Team coordinates and implements State Department participation in the Defense Department authority (section 1206) that provides DoD resources to build the capacity of global partners to conduct counter-terrorism operations or to participate with the U.S. military in stability operations to meet urgent and emergent needs and challenges.


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