WASHINGTON — The US government’s military foreign-assistance programs are facing a quiet but consequential overhaul that has State Department officials privately balking at proposed changes to the division of labor between Foggy Bottom and the Pentagon.
On security cooperation, DoD has edged out State through the 2000s, arguing it has more resources and is able to move more quickly than its State counterparts. During the tenure of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the department started pushing back, however, and it appears to be doing so again, according to Rachel Stohl of the Stimson Center.
“I’m not surprised we’re having this debate again, particularly as the administration comes to an end and people are looking to institutionalize programs and protect their entities,” Stohl said.
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