Title 10 Team

A number of DoD security assistance programs require varying levels of coordination with the State Department and the Title 10 Team facilitates coordination and clearance on behalf of the Department for nineteen Title 10 authorities which include the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund (ASFF), the Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund (CTEF), and section 333. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of FY 2017 established a new Chapter 16 in Title 10, U.S.C. for “Security Cooperation,” consolidating and codifying a range of DoD’s existing security sector assistance (SSA) programs. Section 333 incorporates and expands on several legacy DoD authorities that were repealed in the FY 2017 NDAA and authorizes DoD – with Secretary of State concurrence – to provide assistance to the national security forces of foreign countries to support: (1) counterterrorism operations; (2) counter-weapons of mass destruction operations; (3) counter-illicit drug trafficking operations; (4) counter-transnational organized crime operations; (5) maritime and border security operations; (6) military intelligence operations; and (7) operations or activities that contribute to an international coalition operation that is determined by the Secretary to be in the national interest of the United States. Section 333, which is also subject to joint development, planning, and coordinated implementation between State and DoD, was established by Congress to facilitate the strategic use of funding, streamline oversight of various DoD security assistance activities, and expand the scope of operations eligible for DoD security sector assistance.

In recognition of its role as the lead agency for security sector assistance (SSA), State ensures all SSA strategically targets and advances our foreign policy objectives. The Title 10 Team facilitates State coordination and concurrence by:

  • Considering bilateral and regional foreign policy and national security implications;
  • Determining if State restrictions prohibit or limit proposed Title 10 assistance;
  • Verifying appropriate third-party transfer and end-use monitoring assurances are in place for the respective partner nation prior to the provision of assistance;
  • Deconflicting Title 10 and Title 22 assistance to ensure a single coherent strategy with foreign partners; and
  • Liaising with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the regional Combatant Commands and the military services on proposed Title 10 programming and the optimization of U.S. government SSA resources.