In 2017 the following African countries received U.S. Foreign MIlitary Financing – FMF: Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.
The purpose of FMF is to provide means for stabilization, counter-terrorism, counternarcotics, coalition operations, interoperability and military relations. It enables eligible partner nations to purchase U.S. defense articles, services and training. The instrument is a source of financing and may be provided to a partner nation on either a grant (non-repayable) or direct loan basis.
Responsibility and management
The Arms Export Control Act (AECA), authorizes the U.S. President to finance procurement of defense articles and services for foreign countries and international organizations. The State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs sets policy for the FMF program, while the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), within the Defense Department, manages it on a day-to-day basis.
FMF funds purchases are made through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, which manages government-to-government sales. On a much less frequent basis, FMF also funds purchases made through the Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) program, which oversees sales between foreign governments and private U.S. companies. FMF does not provide cash grants to other countries; it generally pays for sales of specific goods or services through FMS or DCS. Security Assistance Organizations (SAOs), military personnel in U.S. embassies overseas, play a key role in managing FMF within recipient countries. Some FMF pays for SAO salaries and operational costs. Congress appropriates funds for FMF through the yearly Foreign Operations Appropriations Act.
How does MSS Defence fit in
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