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The Global Security Contingency Fund

Summary: The Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF) is a new initiative to incentivize joint planning and to pool the resources of the Departments of State and Defense, along with the expertise of other departments, to provide security sector assistance for partner countries so they can address emergent challenges and opportunities important to U.S. national security.

The GSCF can be used:

  • to provide training, equipment, and supplies to foreign security forces and the government agencies responsible for those security forces, in order to address emergent challenges and opportunities.
  • for the justice sector (including law enforcement and prisons), rule of law programs, and stabilization efforts in countries when conflict or instability in a country or region challenges the existing capability of civilian providers to deliver such assistance.

Congressional Authorization:

Three pieces of FY 2012 legislation authorize GSCF activities and funding:

  • Section 1207 of the National Defense Authorization Act
  • Section 8089 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act
  • Section 8004 of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act

No appropriations were provided; authorizes transfers of up to $250 million from other FY 2012 appropriations:

DoD can transfer up to $200 million from Defense-wide Operations & Maintenance.

State can transfer up to a combined $50 million from Foreign Military Financing (FMF), International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement (INCLE), and the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund (PCCF). State has identified PCCF as the source for its contribution for FY 2012.

Once transferred, funds will remain available until 9/30/2015.

GSCF Primary Goals:

  • Improve our ability to promptly respond to emerging requirements for capacity building assistance in security sectors of countries of strategic importance to the United States.
  • Develop a tailored and integrated plan of assistance across a partner country’s security sector.
  • Model interagency collaboration in the planning, implementation, and assessment of security sector assistance efforts by creating joint planning structures and implementation procedures for the GSCF.


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