Magazine article DISAM Journal

Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management Mobile Education Team Travels to Algeria

Magazine article DISAM Journal

Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management Mobile Education Team Travels to Algeria

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Located on the Mediterranean coast between Morocco and Tunisia, and also bordering Libya, The People's Democratic Republic of Algeria is the second-largest country in Africa; more than three times the size of Texas. Algeria is a strong supporter of, and an important partner in, the Global War on Terrorism. Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, counter-terrorism and law enforcement cooperation have intensified between Algeria and the United States. Algeria has publicly condemned the terrorist attacks on the United States, and is seeking greater ties to the U.S. via military assistance in the form of training and hardware.

It comes as no surprise that the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the European Command (EUCOM), and the U.S. Defense Attache to Algeria urged the Algerians to host a DISAM Mobile Education Team (MET) to provide instruction in security assistance to members of the Algerian military. Bob Hanseman, Ken Martin and Joanne Hawkins conducted a week-long Foreign Purchaser Course and a half-day Executive Seminar to the Algerians during the last week of February 2003. The courses were conducted in state-of-the-art facilities at the National Preparatory College of Engineering Studies in Rouiba, outside Algiers for 30 mid-career officers and 11 senior officers. The courses were taught in English and translated into French through local interpreters.

Algeria is a cash customer, and receives no foreign military financing (FMF) from the United States. However, in recent years, the U.S. has approved funds to Algeria under the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program. Fiscal year 2003 saw an increase in IMET funding to $550,000 from $67,000 in fiscal year 2002. This funding will be used for professional officer training at the war colleges and at the command and general staff colleges, as well as for English language training and equipment. The U.S. Department of Defense is developing an expanded exercise plan with Algeria, and Algeria has hosted U.S. Naval ship visits and has begun a series of joint naval exercises. (1) The State Department's objective of the security assistance program is to assist Algeria in developing the expertise needed for effective management of its defense forces and to foster Algeria's development of an internal training capability. …

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