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Counterterrorism Partnership
Fund (CTPF)

In 2014 the Counterterrorism Partnership Fund (CTPF) was proposed by the White House (President Obama's administration) to provide funding for counterterrorism training for 'partner nations'. Unfortunately, Congress never really (as of early 2015) got behind the program as they only provided a fraction of the funds requested. This had an impact on the ability of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to send training teams overseas to conduct training. The CTPF was part of the much larger Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) or war funding request. OCO has been used to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in some other troubled areas. The OCO funding was also used to fund much of the pre-deployment training conducted stateside by units scheduled to deploy to the conflict zones. The CTPF proposal would provide $4-billion to the Pentagon and $1-billion to the Department of State. The CTPF aims to 'train and equip' U.S. partners in counterterrorism. President Obama outlined the purpose of the CTPF in a speech on national security to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. 1.

Papers and Reports about the CTPF

CRS, The Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF) Proposal: Questions for Congress, by Nina M. Serafino, June 14, 2014. This Congressional Research Service (CRS) Insight is posted on the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).

DoD Comptroller, Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund and the European Reassurance Initiative, Department of Defense Budget Fiscal Year 2015, Officer of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), June 2014.
http://comptroller.defense.gov/ . . . oco CTPF . . .pdf

DoS, Budget Amendment Summary: Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Fiscal Year 2015.

White House, Fact Sheet: The Administration's Fiscal Year 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations Request, The White House Office of the Press Secretary, May 28, 2014.
www.whitehouse.gov/ . . . oco . . .

News Reports about the CTPF

May 7, 2015. "Time for Congress to Reconsider the Counterterrorism Partnership Fund". By Sam Ehrlich, Defense in Depth, Council on Foreign Relations. The author argues in favor of Congress providing funding to the CTPF.

July 21, 2014. "Still Questions on Counterterrorism Fund". Friends Committee on National Legislation. The Quakers come out against the CTPF . . . of course they would.

July 16, 2015. "Senate Chops Request for New Counterterrorism Partnership Fund, White House Still Happy". Roll Call Blog.

July 15, 2014. "Welcoming Congressional Action on Key National Security Tools". By Lisa Monaco, The White House Blog. The White House got half of what they wanted in the funding of the CTPF but they seem happy with that.

May 30, 2014. "Taking a Closer Look at the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund". By Victoria Burnside Clapp, American Security Project.

May 2014. "Assessing the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund". National Security Network.

May 28, 2014. "White House Proposes $5 Billion Global Anti-Terrorism Fund". Time.com.



1. See "Remarks by the President at the United States Military Academy Commencement Ceremony", The White House Office of the Press Secretary, May 28, 2014.



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