What is the National Defence University (US)?

Introduction The National Defence University (NDU) is an institution of higher education funded by the United States Department of Defence, intended to facilitate high-level education, training, and professional development of national security leaders. As a chairman’s Controlled Activity, NDU operates under the guidance of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), with Lieutenant… Read More

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What is the Assistance Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs (US)?

Introduction The Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs is a position within the US Department of State that manages the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, charged with linking the Department of Defence and the Department of State by providing policy in the areas of international security, security assistance, military operations, defence strategy and policy, military… Read More

What is the Law Enforcement Support Office (US)?

Introduction The Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) is a division of DLA Disposition Services, a subordinate command of the Defence Logistics Agency (DLA) in the United States. LESO is responsible for operating the 1033 Programme or LESO Programme, which transfers excess military equipment to non-military law enforcement agencies. The programme legally requires the Department of… Read More

What is the US Army Security Assistance Command?

Introduction The United States Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) – “The Army’s Face to the World”, implements security assistance programmes, including Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of defence articles and services to eligible foreign governments. For example, the USASAC helped provide Iraq with weapons and ammunition, including Hellfire missiles after Iraq had requested them the US… Read More

What are the Security Assistance Organisations (US)?

Introduction United States Security Assistance Organisations (SAOs) are Federal Government of the United States military and civilian personnel stationed in foreign countries to manage security assistance and other military programmes. SAOs are closest to these programmes’ operation and have the closest contact with host-country militaries. Refer to International Military Education and Training Programme and US… Read More

What is the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (US)?

Introduction The Bureau of Political-Military Affairs is an agency within the United States Department of State that bridges the Department of State with the Department of Defence. It provides policy in the areas of international security, security assistance, military operations, defence strategy and policy, military use of space, and defence trade. It is headed by… Read More

What is the International Military Education and Training Programme (US)?

Introduction International Military Education and Training (IMET) is the title of a United States security assistance programme, a type of student exchange programme. Refer to Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Security Assistance Organisations and US Army Security Assistance Command. Brief History Congress established the IMET programme in the International Security Assistance and Arms Export Control Act… Read More