CFR Memo: Use U.S. Military to Fund Foreign Armed Forces in Effort to “Spread Democracy”

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
By Paul Martin

by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016

In a policy memorandum published this month, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has called for increasing importance to be placed by the U.S. Department of Defense on the financing, training, and equipping of foreign armed forces.

While praising a Pentagon program called the International Military Education and Training Program (IMET), the CFR laments that the program is not being used effectively in “promoting democracy.”

“IMET is designed to help foreign militaries bolster their relationships with the United States, learn about U.S. military equipment, improve military professionalism, and instill democratic values in their members,” the CFR writes, describing the purpose of the IMET.

As for the promotion of “democracy,” more on that in a minute. First, a look at what the IMET website lists as its mission. The goals of the IMET are:

• Train future leaders (of foreign militaries)

• Create a better understanding of the United States

• Establish a rapport between US military and the country’s military to build alliances for the future

• Enhance interoperability and Capabilities for Joint Operation

• Focus on Professional Military Education

• Allow Countries to use their National Funds to receive a reduced cost for other DoD education and training

• Provide English Language Training assistance

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