26 Aug '15, 9pm

Does Security Assistance Reduce Terrorism?

Does Security Assistance Reduce Terrorism? Matthew Saintsing The United States spends nearly $18 billion annually training and arming more than 56,000 soldiers in 155 countries. For the past 15 years, most of this security partnership with other nations has been aimed at countering terrorism . Given the rising importance of this strategy, it is essential to assess how well it has been working. What is the track record of security assistance in preventing or ending terrorism? General Ray Odierno, outgoing Army Chief of Staff, provides an answer: "Here's what I've learned over the last 10 years or so,” he said in his final press conference, “There's limits to military power ”. It is clear that the United States needs to think more critically about how it fights terrorism. No large-scale quantitative studies find a positive correlation between U.S. security assistance and a r...

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