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Reforming Security Cooperation

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Improving the efficiency, oversight, and professionalism of the security cooperation enterprise will help prove to Americans that these investments are worth the price. Still, security cooperation reform pursued by the Senate Armed Services Committee should account for the administration’s concerns, echoed by Senate appropriators, that the balance between DoD and DoS authority over security assistance be righted, given Department of State’s role as the lead for U.S. foreign policy. Download Report Here


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Melissa Dalton, "Reforming Security Cooperation," Center for Strategic and International Studies, July 27, 2016, last modified July 27, 2016,