Jordan is a close partner with the United States on a range of diplomatic and security challenges throughout the region, among them the crisis in Syria, combatting violent extremism, and advancing Middle East peace. Jordan’s stability and security is a priority for the United States, which has provided assistance to Jordan’s security efforts since the late 1960s. The United States and Jordan have memorialized bilateral foreign assistance in three non-binding Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) (FYs 2010-2014, 2015-2017, and 2018-2022), demonstrating a strong, multi-year U.S. commitment to Jordan’s security and stability. The MOUs outline areas of critical security and economic cooperation, while simultaneously helping Jordan mitigate the effects of regional crises, including the strain of refugees from Syria and Iraq on Jordan’s budget. The current five-year, $1.275 billion per year MOU is a non-binding commitment from the United States and includes a commitment to provide a minimum of $350 million of Foreign Military Financing (FMF) each year.
Jordan is the third largest recipient of FMF funds globally and the second largest recipient of Department of Defense (DoD) Section 333 funding within the CENTCOM area of responsibility; assistance that promotes State and DoD collaboration on security assistance goals. U.S. military assistance broadly supports the Jordan Armed Forces’ (JAF) ability to: secure its borders; counter terrorist threats; participate in coalition operations; and defend Jordan’s national territory. Jordan received $604 million in FY 2017 and $502 million in FY 2018 in combined State and DoD security assistance and cooperation funds.
The Departments of State and Defense continue to work closely to support and expedite, where possible, the provision of equipment and other assistance Jordan needs, including small arms, munitions, aircraft spare parts, night vision devices, and other equipment that is essential to the final defeat of ISIS. The United States has delivered critically needed munitions to the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) for use by its F-16 fighter aircraft in coalition operations against ISIS.
Additionally, we continue to support efforts to strengthen the JAF’s ability to rapidly respond to transnational threats along its border with Syria through focused training programs to build the conventional skills and expertise of the JAF and via the provision of equipment such as UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. The United States also plans to complete key work on the Jordan Border Security Program, an integrated border security surveillance, detection, and interdiction system along Jordan’s land borders.
In addition to FMF and DoD assistance, Jordan received $4 million in International Military Education and Training (IMET) funding in FY 2018, one of the largest IMET allocations in the world. IMET provides professional military education and training to military students to increase professionalization, build capacity in key areas, enhance joint interoperability, create a better understanding of the United States, and grow lasting military-to-military relationships. This assistance is key to establishing relationships with future leaders in the JAF. IMET graduates in Jordan include King Abdullah II, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Vice Chairman, the Air Force commander, the Special Forces commander, and numerous other commanders.
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