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2008 Foreign Military Training: Reading the Report


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Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
January 31, 2008

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All activities are listed by the fiscal year (FY) in which the training occurred, not by the FY in which the funding for the training was provided.

Most data in the report is as of October 1, 2007. Some FY 2007 costs had not been finalized as of the data collection cut off date. Many FY 2008 events were listed before the foreign operations budget had been passed and funding allocations had been decided.

All sections of this report are split up into the following geographic regions:

  • Africa
  • East Asia and Pacific
  • Europe
  • Near East
  • South Central Asia
  • Western Hemisphere

Each major report section (example: Volume I, Section III) contains a Table of Contents (TOC) containing the list of countries and pages where training data appears. Each TOC is also divided by the above geographic regions.

Volume I

Section III – STATE FOREIGN POLICY OBJECTIVES

  • Section III contains summary data for all military training.

    • "Training Sessions" reflects the count of all student training sessions conducted under that level of detail. This is determined by summing the total reported student numbers for all reported training activities.

    •  "Individual Students" reflects a count of students that received training under that level of detail. If a student attended multiple training sessions under a given level of detail, that student will only be counted once.

    •  "Course Count" reflects a count of individual courses offered under that level of detail. This is determined by counting courses with known start/end dates.

    •  "Dollar Value" represents the sum of reported training dollars spent on that level of detail. This is determined by summing all applicable costs associated with the training.

Note: The totals for "Training Sessions," "Individual Students" and "Course Count" detail levels may not equal the sum of the reported country level figures. This is because of how items are counted, and various methods of conducting training. For example, an individual student may have received training under more than one program. The student will be counted and reported under each program, but will only be counted once for the country total.

  • The reported FY 2007 IMET dollar amounts may include funds expended to support travel and living allowances paid to most IMET recipient countries, as well as course cancellation fees.

  • If FY 2007 training has a cost of $0, the activity may have been fully funded by other participants or reimbursed through another training activity/event that was part of a student’s training pipeline.

Section IV - COUNTRY TRAINING ACTIVITIES

  • Section IV contains the available unclassified training activity listing. Country and program totals listed in this section may not match totals listed in Volume I, Section III due to the removal of any ongoing/future training or classified training programs.

  • If a course started in FY 2007 but did not end in FY 2007, it is reflected in the summary data for FY 2008. This data is included in Volume II (vice Volume I) since the training may still be ongoing at the time of publication.

Section V - COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

  • Section V contains the course descriptions for known MASL’s within the training data. Courses submitted to DSCA from the Regional Centers and Service Academies are not listed.

Volume II

Section I – COUNTRY TRAINING ACTIVITIES (CONFIDENTIAL DATA)

  • Section I contains both Unclassified (U) and Confidential (C) training listings.

  • The section lists reported data for FY 2007, as well as submitted/planned training data for FY 2008. Planned training for FY 2008 was collected in November 2007. This planned training data is not updated during the report process.

  • FY 2008 courses frequently list costs or students as "0"; this reflects a "To Be Determined" status.

  • The FY 2008 IMET dollars represent the value of the training requested by each country and the estimated number of students. The FY 2008 IMET dollars and students reported DO NOT reflect the FY 2008 IMET allocation level for each country.

Volume III

Section I - JOINT COMBINED EXCHANGE TRAINING

Section I contains training activity listings and totals for the JCET program. This data is classified Secret (S)

  • FY 2007 Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) costs that reflect course costs and "0" students typically represent costs incurred where the JCET did not include international participants and/or the event did not take place, but costs were incurred in planning the event.

Other

  • Most costs are either the price actually paid or the standard price as outlined in governing laws, regulations, and documents. Costs associated with training provided in U.S. military schools represent additional U.S. costs incurred in providing the training.

  • Foreign military training figures for Regional Defense Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP) in this report are known to be different from those figures provided in the CTFP FY 2007 Congressional Report. These discrepancies are due to different statistical methods, data collection methods and Congressional requirements of the report.



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