BILLIONS SPENT TO TRAIN FOREIGN TROOPS!

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Billions in American tax dollars has been used to train almost 3 hundred thousand foreign troops. The reason told is for peacekeeping. They are being trained through the State Department, not the military. During the meetings at the UN, these troops were a bragging point for the Obama Administration, saying the world was a better place. Israel, Germany, Russia and many other nations disagree on that.

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How much money has been spent

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Here, via the White House website, is how much money is being spent on training foreign military.

At today’s summit, the Vice President highlighted continued U.S. leadership to support peacekeeping.

  • As the world’s largest financial contributor to UN peacekeeping, the United States provided $2.1 billion in FY 2013 and intends to provide $1.9 billion in FY 2014 to the UN peacekeeping budget.  The President’s 2015 budget requests over $2.9 billion to meet the U.S. share of peacekeeping assessments expected in FY 2015. 

  • The United States has announced the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP, “A-Prep” for short) a new investment starting in FY 2015 of $110 million per year for 3-5 years, to build the capability of six leading African militaries (Senegal, Ghana, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda) to rapidly deploy peacekeepers in response to emerging conflict, by building improved capacity in areas such as military training, equipment maintenance and repair, institutional support, and interoperability with other Africa-based peacekeeping forces.  These African partner nations will commit to maintaining forces and equipment ready to rapidly deploy and state their intent to deploy as part of UN or AU missions to respond to emerging crises. 

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  • Since 2005, the United States has contributed nearly $914 million to support peacekeeping capacity building efforts through the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI), facilitating the training of more than 272,000 peacekeepers.  The United States has further obligated or committed over $1.44 billion to support African peacekeepers taking part in the UN peacekeeping operations in Mali (MINUSMA) and the Central African Republic, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and AU and UN peacekeeping operations in Darfur. 

  • The United States also contributes uniformed personnel to UN peacekeeping, including approximately 80 U.S. police officers and nearly 40 military personnel serving in UN peacekeeping operations. 

  • Since 2009, the United States also has provided over $25 million through the International Police Peacekeeping Operations Support (IPPOS) program, for training, equipment, and capacity-building for over 4,500 police from nine partner countries deploying to UN peacekeeping operations in Darfur, Liberia, South Sudan, Haiti, Mali, and the Central African Republic.

More on the GPOI

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Here, via the State Department website, is more of a breakdown on the Global Peace Operations Initiative.

Launched in 2005, GPOI currently partners with 69 countries and regional organizations. Through these partnerships, GPOI implementers have:

  • Facilitated the training of 272,747 foreign military personnel to serve on international peacekeeping missions through both direct training activities (209,120 peacekeepers) and enabling training by GPOI partner countries (63,627 peacekeepers);
  • Supported 52 national and regional peace operations training centers and three regional headquarters for the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), as well as financial, technical, and staffing support to the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (COESPU), an Italian-led center to facilitate the training of stability/formed police unit trainers.
  • Facilitated the deployment of 197,934 personnel from 38 countries to 29 operations around the world. Currently, there are over 117,000 military, police, and civilian personnel from 122 countries serving in 17 UN peacekeeping operations deployed on four continents.

GPOI is managed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, which works in close coordination with Department of State regional bureaus, as well as the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Regional Combatant Commands, and other DoD organizations, to develop regional program plans and implement train and equip activities with partner nations worldwide.

GPOI was launched in 2005 as the U.S. contribution to the G8 Action Plan for Expanding Global Capability for Peace Support Operations, adopted at the 2004 G8 Sea Island Summit.

Interesting what US tax dollars get spent on when the nation is in massive debt. The thing is, this is not just an Obama Administration issue. The program started under Bush. The thing is, why does the State Department have any need to train any military?

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