OSPC Calls for More Transparency in the Pentagon’s Foreign Aid Budget
June 13, 2013
The Open Society Policy Center and seven other human rights and government accountability groups sent a letter to Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, asking him to require the Pentagon to provide more public information about assistance the Department of Defense is providing to armed forces around the world.
Last year the Pentagon spent $16.2 billion on security assistance, nearly double what the Department of State spent—with little to no public oversight. The State Department is required to submit an annual budget justification to Congress and the public showing where it will spend taxpayer money in assisting foreign military and police forces in the coming year and how much it actually spent in the past year. Given its new prominence in spending in this area, the Pentagon must be required to institutionalize similar accountability measures, accessible to the public.