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Defense Primer: Security Cooperation

The Department of Defense (DOD) uses the term security cooperation (SC) to refer broadly to DOD interactions with foreign security establishments. SC activities include:

*transferring defense articles and services,
*military-to-military exercises,
*ministerial advising, and
*train and equip programs.

SC programs are intended to encourage and enable partnernations (PNs) to work with the United States to achieve strategic objectives. They are considered a key tool for achieving U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives. These activities are executed through both DOD-managed and -administered SC programs and DOD administered State Department (DOS) security assistance (SA) programs.

  • Author(s):
  • Christina L. Arabia
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Defense Primer: Security Cooperation
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Publisher:Congressional Research Service
Published:November 2, 2020
License:Public Domain

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