Managing Security Assistance to Support Foreign Policy, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, September 26, 2017 [open pdf - 371KB]
This is the September 26, 2017 hearing titled "Managing Security Assistance to Support Foreign Policy," held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Bob Corker: "This is the committee's second hearing on security assistance in just over a year, but it is an issue that has been raised during many of our other meetings. This kind of assistance is an investment in our own security. We help ourselves by helping other nations police their own neighborhoods. Which nations we help and how we help them are crucial foreign policy decisions. Since the 1960s, the law provides that the Secretary of State, under the direction of the President, has the responsibility for the continuous supervision and general direction of economic assistance, military assistance, and training programs. We need to be clear on that because our security demands that we work across agency lines to develop coherent security assistance programs that serve our interests and those of our partners. While the Defense Department has long played an important role in this area, since 9/11 that role has grown enormously in size and scope. We cannot tackle the real challenges if we are fighting turf wars within other bureaucracies. And while teamwork is necessary, it is not enough." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tina S, Kaidanow, Thomas H. Harvey, III, and Charles Hooper.
S. Hrg. 115-666; Senate Hearing 115-666
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