TheÂ Government Accountability Office has found that the departments of DefenseÂ and State facilitatedÂ 194 security cooperation and assistance efforts during fiscal 2016 to help build foreign partners’ capacity toÂ mitigateÂ security-related threats.
GAO said Friday DoD ran 56 security cooperation programsÂ for which associated legal authorities did not require the State Department‘s involvement and 87 efforts that did.
The State Department conductedÂ 22 foreign security assistance effortsÂ for which associated authorities did not necessitate DoD involvement and 30 initiativesÂ wherein some level of DoD participation was required, GAO added.
A provision of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act directed GAOÂ to report on an inventory of DoD security cooperation programs intended to boost foreign partners’ security capacity.
Public policy research firmÂ RAND Corp. said the growth of legal authorities and efforts associated with security cooperation and assistance has causedÂ duplications, limitations and gaps as well as exapanded demands onÂ demands on DoD staff,Â according to GAO’s report.