(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The US Department of State's congressional budget justification for 'Foreign Operations and Related Programmes' has estimated that Oman will receive around US10mn (RO3.85mn) in training and financing in the 2014 financial year, and has also put a request for US5.9mn (RO2.27mn) for 2015.
The decrease is a result of a possible drop in 'Foreign Military Financing' (FMF), expected to be worth US8mn (RO3.08mn) to Oman this year, but falling to US4mn (RO1.54mn) in 2015. Some of the programmes conducted through FMF include containing transnational threats, including terrorism, trafficking in narcotics or persons, and weapons smuggling.
According to the budget justification, the FMF requests will 'support funding for coalition partners and allies and consistent with requirements to promote national security. Increased funding for FMF administrative costs will support enhanced monitoring and evaluation on military assistance programmes'.
Regarding the FMF programme, the report noted, 'Increased military capabilities establish and strengthen multilateral coalitions and enable allies to be interoperable with US,
regional, and international military forces'. Around US2mn (RO770,000) has been estimated for the International Military Education and Training (IMET) programme in 2014, a figure which may fall to US1.9mn (RO730,000) in 2015.
According to the US Department of State, IMET is a 'key component of US security assistance' that 'promotes regional stability and defence capabilities through professional military training and education'. Most courses in the programme are conducted at military schools and academies in the US.
The IMET programme is also active throughout the Near East region, with a total of US19.6mn (RO7.55mn) planned for Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia and Yemen.