Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF)

The Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF) enables the U.S. Government (USG) to provide near- to mid-term assistance to enhance the capabilities of partner country military forces, and other national-level security forces that conduct border and maritime security, internal defense, and counterterrorism operations.

GSCF Primary Goal

GSCF is a unique program intended to improve the planning and execution of shared Department of State (State) and Department of Defense (DoD) security assistance challenges in partner countries. First authorized in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), GSCF was at the time the only USG mechanism by which State and DoD could support non-defense security organizations, and is funded jointly by both Departments. The unique characteristics of the program’s authorization facilitate comprehensive, interagency approaches to confronting security issues by incentivizing collaboration through shared resource requirements.

Key program objectives are to:

  • Expand the USG’s capacity to effectively address emergent security challenges and opportunities
  • Strengthen the USG’s ability to fill short- to medium-term gaps in security and justice sector assistance not addressed by existing authorities, institutional structures, and resource allocations
  • Strengthen interagency planning and implementation processes and demonstrate collaborative USG security sector assistance.

To date, GSCF has funded projects in thirteen countries globally from the Lake Chad Basin to the Philippines to Eastern Europe. Congress renewed the GSCF authority in the FY 2018 NDAA for two fiscal years, through FY 2019.

Recent Program Activities

  • East Africa Peacekeeping: In support of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs’ African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP), GSCF assists the governments of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, by enhancing their ability to deploy rapid response peacekeeping forces to the continent’s hotspots. The project provides training and equipment assistance to select headquarters, logistics, engineering, and medical military personnel of these three partner countries that might be called upon to deploy, operate, and sustain African Union and/or United Nations-mandated missions.
  • Ukraine Institutional Transformation: GSCF reinforces success in Ukraine by providing sustainable train-the-trainer courses for the National Guard, as well as initiating a training program for regular Ukrainian land forces and special operations forces. Support will increase Ukraine’s ability to generate professional military forces capable of performing internal defense missions, thereby strengthening Ukraine’s resilience against a full spectrum of hybrid threats to defend itself and preserve stability.
  • Philippines Maritime Domain Awareness and Law Enforcement: GSCF assists the Philippines Government to improve its maritime security operations, counterterrorism (CT), information sharing, and law enforcement capabilities in the Southern Philippines. The project provides training and equipment to select Coast Guard, law enforcement, and CT forces in order to enhance maritime engineering capabilities, domain awareness, and criminal investigations skills to protect local populations and secure coastlines in the south and throughout the Philippines.
  • Lake Chad Basin Border Security: GSCF assists the governments of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria to counter the activities of Boko Haram and other insurgent and terrorist organizations. The project provides training and equipment assistance to select military, law enforcement, and customs forces to strengthen their institutional, strategic, and tactical capabilities of partner countries to secure border areas.