amended and regularly extended, provides the Secretary of Defense with authority to train and
equip foreign military forces for two specified purposes—counterterrorism and stability
operations—and foreign maritime security forces for counterterrorism operations. The
Department of Defense (DOD) values this authority as an important tool to train and equip
military partners. Funds may be obligated only with the concurrence of the Secretary of State.
Thus far, the Department of Defense (DOD) has used Section 1206 authority primarily to provide
counterterrorism (CT) support. In FY2010 and FY2011, Section 1206 funds were also used to
provide significant assistance to train and equip foreign military forces for military and stability
operations in which U.S. forces participate. This authority will expire in FY2013.