The U.S. State Department builds enduring security partnerships worldwide to advance U.S. national security objectives and to empower Allies and partners to collectively deter aggression, reduce threats, sustain favorable regional strategic balances, and enhance burden sharing. The Department also promotes international U.S. defense sales and encourages European partners and NATO Allies to modernize their militaries by building NATO interoperable forces and removing Russian and Soviet-legacy equipment from their force structure.
To support these goals, in September 2018 the Department reallocated prior year Foreign Military Financing (FMF) security assistance funding to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, North Macedonia, and Slovakia. The Department strategically allocates FMF funding to partner countries for the purchase of U.S.-origin defense articles, training, and services to help partners provide for their legitimate self-defense needs while furthering U.S. national security objectives in the region. With the European Recapitalization Incentive Program (ERIP), the Department assists European partners and Allies transition away from Soviet-legacy and/or Russian-manufactured equipment to reduce Russian influence over partner and Allied defense procurement.
FY 2017 FMF Allocations under ERIP and primary use of funds:
Albania $30 million Helicopters
Bosnia (BiH) $30.7 million Helicopters
Croatia $25 million Infantry Fighting Vehicles
Greece $25 million Infantry Fighting Vehicles
North Macedonia $30 million Infantry Fighting Vehicles
Slovakia $50 million Helicopters
The availability of these funds is contingent upon partner country investments, demonstrated political will to divest of Russian and Soviet-legacy equipment, and a commitment to cease future purchases of Russian military equipment. The Department will reallocate these funds if these conditions are not met. Since the implementation of ERIP began in September 2018, the Department has received positive indications of serious partner financial commitments. If ERIP continues to succeed in Europe it could become a template for a similar global program.
For further information, please contact the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at PM-CPA@state.gov, and follow the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs on Twitter, @StateDeptPM.