DOD Protests Cap on Funds to Train, Equip Coalition Forces for Afghanistan, Iraq

By Jason Sherman / September 21, 2009 at 5:00 AM
The Defense Department is objecting to a $75 million cap the Senate has proposed on a specific use of so-called Section 1206 authorities -- which permit the Pentagon to finance equipment and training for foreign forces -- to ensure greater flexibility in enhancing the capabilities of coalition partners preparing to deploy alongside U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The authority was originally established for the Pentagon, in close cooperation with the State Department, to finance security assistance operations that bolster...

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