Friday, 17th August 2012
Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF): Summary and Issue Overview
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)
The new Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF), established by Congress in December 2011, responds to long-standing congressional concerns that the U.S. government needs to address multiple deficiencies that have undermined interagency efforts abroad, in particular efforts to meet emergent challenges.
Created as a four-year pilot project by the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 112- 81), Section 1207, the GSCF is jointly administered and funded by the Department of State and the Department of Defense (DOD).
The GSCF provides resources for training and other support to enable foreign military and security forces to conduct security and counterterrorism operations and participate in coalition operations, as well as for justice sector, rule of law, and stabilization programs. The GSCF is placed under the State Department budget. Although decisions are to be jointly made by the Secretaries of State and Defense, the mandated mechanism puts the Secretary of State in the lead. (The legislation also includes three one-year transitional authorities for counterterrorism and peacekeeping assistance to Africa and Yemen, for which the Secretary of Defense has the lead.)
The GSCF is seen as an important step in improving U.S. efforts to deal with crises and emergent threats and to take advantage of unexpected opportunities.
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