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Last Updated:4/7/00
Training of Colombia's Military to Double in 2000 - Statement from the Center for International Policy, April 7, 2000

According to a report the State and Defense Departments released this week, U.S. training of Colombian military and police personnel is to more than double from 1999 to 2000, with 5,089 trainees expected this year.

The annual Foreign Military Training Report is required by Section 656 of the Foreign Assistance Act and Section 575 of the 2000 Foreign Operations Appropriations Act. According to its findings, only one non-NATO country worldwide -- South Korea, with 6,529 trainees -- receives more U.S. training than Colombia.

The sharp rise in military training for Colombia is part of an overall escalation in U.S. involvement with Colombia's military, as foreseen by a $1.3 billion aid package for which the Clinton Administration is seeking approval.

Several funding programs pay for this training; the biggest by far, however, is the U.S. defense budget. Through an authority first granted in 1991, known as "Section 1004," the Pentagon may use its own funds, outside the foreign aid budget, to provide counternarcotics training to foreign police and militaries. This defense-budget source accounts for over 87 percent of all training funds for Colombia.

Unfortunately, this year's edition of the Foreign Military Training Report deletes important information necessary for a fuller picture of the U.S. training relationship with Colombia. Information about Colombian units receiving training has been removed, making implementation of the Leahy human rights provisions much more difficult to track. Information about the location of training and the U.S. units involved has also been excised, making it impossible to determine how much of this training takes place overseas, which U.S. institutions host foreign students, and how great a role is being played by Special Forces units and private contractors.

See the tables below for a listing of courses and costs. Course descriptions will be added soon to the Just the Facts military assistance database.

Type of Activity
 Link to description (from Just the Facts)
FY 1999 Actual
FY 2000 Planned
 Number of Students Trained
 Dollar Value
 Number of Students Trained
 Dollar Value
International Military Education and Training (IMET)
611
$592,668
600
$525,474
Foreign Military Financing (FMF)
74
$440,788
78
$801,033
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL)
105
$309,332
305
$347,855
Section 1004 Defense Department Counternarcotics
1,548
$5,960,828
4,080
$14,648,691
1
$74,237
0
$0
Center for Hemispheric Defense Studes (CHDS)
6
$42,852
0
$0
Misc. Defense Department - State Department Activities
 
131
$255,000
23
$391,866
TOTAL
 
2,476
$7,675,705
5,086
$16,714,919
Total 1999-2000
 
7,562
$24,161,124

International Military Education and Training (IMET):

 Course
FY 1999 Actual
FY 2000 Planned
 Number of Students
 Cost
 Number of Students
 Cost
689 CIV-MIL RELS & NATSEC - MS
 
 
1
$24,385
837 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
 
 
1
$29,209
A-37 / J-85 ENGINE TECHN
4
$732
 
 
ACFT ELECTRICAL REPAIR
2
$2,060
4
$4,480
ACFT MAINTENANCE OFF
2
$1,580
2
$1,710
ACFT PNEUDRALICS
2
$2,060
2
$2,240
ADV DIG / MICROSOLD TECHNIQE
 
 
2
$920
AEROSPACE GRND EQUIP (AGE)
2
$2,060
2
$2,240
AIR COMD & STAFF COLLEGE
1
$9,630
1
$10,070
AIR INTELLIGENCE
2
$1,330
3
$2,175
AIR WAR COLLEGE
1
$13,390
1
$10,960
AIRCRAFT TECHNICIAN CRS
 
 
2
$2,240
AIRFRAME REPAIR
2
$2,060
 
 
AIRFRAME STRUCTURAL REPAIR
 
 
2
$2,240
ALLIED OFF PREP - INF OAC
 
 
1
$201
ARMAMENT SYSTEMS
2
$2,060
2
$2,240
AVIONICS COMM / NAV EQUIP
3
$3,090
6
$6,720
AVIONICS INSTRUMENT SYS
2
$2,060
2
$2,240
BASIC OFFICER CRS USMC
1
$7,850
1
$8,186
BASIC SUPPLY COURSE
 
 
3
$1,980
CDT LDR DEV IN
21
$24,024
35
$42,980
CIVIL MILITARY OPERATIONS
 
 
3
$2,955
CO GRADE OFF PROF DEV
 
 
1
$525
COMBAT ARM OFF ADV
1
$4,264
 
 
COMMAND & GEN STAFF OFF
1
$11,274
1
$12,624
COMMAND AND GENERAL
2
$21,046
2
$22,454
CORROSION CONTROL TECHN
 
 
2
$1,180
CRISIS CMD / CTRL - SR MGRS
1
$679
2
$2,750
DEMOCRATIC SUSTAINMENT CRS
1
$1,297
1
$1,260
DISAM-MTT
60
$17,492
 
 
ENGINEER OFF CPT CAREER
 
 
1
$4,201
ENGLISH LANGUAGE CRSE
1
$3,665
3
$10,959
EW OFFICER INTL
 
 
1
$562
EXEC & FIELD GRADE LEV LOG
9
$8,352
1
$1,220
FA OFF ADV PREP - ALLIED OFF
 
 
1
$1,771
FIELD ARTY CAPTAINS CAREER
 
 
1
$4,807
FIGHTER ACFT CREW CHIEF
5
$5,150
 
 
FLT SAFETY OFF (SATP/FSO)
1
$2,910
3
$15,030
GENERAL MAINT TECH SUPRV
2
$1,580
2
$1,710
GRD RADIO COMM EQUIP
3
$3,090
17
$19,040
HEALTH RES MGT / NS - CONUS
 
 
1
$10,000
HELICOPTER CREW CHIEF
 
 
2
$2,240
HUMANITARIAN DEMINING
1
$2,365
8
$20,384
INFANTRY CAPTS CAREER CRS
 
 
1
$3,455
INSTRUCTOR TRAINING
9
$3,249
5
$1,790
INTERNATIONAL DEF MGT CRS
2
$20,592
1
$10,639
INTERNATIONAL OFF LOG PREP
1
$1,041
 
 
INTERNATIONAL OFFICER PREP
1
$574
1
$853
INTERPRETER
30
$3,550
 
 
INTL LOG / SUPPLY MGMT CRS
2
$1,210
 
 
INTL MARITIME OFF
 
 
2
$11,274
INTL OFF SCH & SOS
1
$3,430
1
$4,360
INTL OFF SCH (FOR AC & SC)
1
$690
1
$3,840
INTL OFF SCH (FOR AWC)
1
$710
1
$3,970
INVENTORY MGT & WHSE SPECL
3
$1,815
 
 
IP INSTRMT FLT PROCEDURES
2
$1,010
3
$1,575
JET ENGINE TECHNICIAN
2
$2,060
2
$2,240
JOINT OPERATIONS
 
 
1
$1,368
LEGAL CONSDR MIL & PEACE OP
 
 
2
$7,428
LOG EXEC DEV
1
$4,467
 
 
MARINE SAFETY PORT OPS
1
$543
2
$2,242
MEDICAL ASSISTANT
 
 
2
$2,298
MET ACQUISITION PHASE III
43
$81,575
30
$0
MET CIV-MIL REL PRE-SURVEY
 
 
30
$0
MET CIV-MILITARY RELATIONS
 
 
30
$0
MET ASSESS OF ISSUES
 
 
30
$0
MET DIILS CONTINUING EDUC
80
$56,598
30
$0
MET HEALTH RM / NS SURVEY
30
$10,353
 
 
MET IHRM PH III (S A D)
 
 
30
$0
MET PHI ACQUISITION TRNG
 
 
30
$0
MIL INTELLIGENCE OFFICER
 
 
3
$4,161
MTT CG DEVELOP / NEED ASSESS
30
$8,000
 
 
MTT DRMI - OVERSEAS
30
$59,125
 
 
MTT - MISCELLANEOUS OPNS
212
$51,324
 
 
MTT PORT SECURITY, VUL ASM
 
 
30
$11,000
MTT / TRAINING AIDS
30
$1,500
 
 
NAV INTEL FORNOFF PAC - INTL
1
$794
1
$820
NAVAL COMMAND COLLEGE
1
$22,405
 
 
NAVAL STAFF COLLEGE
 
 
1
$11,808
NCO DEVELOPMENT
3
$8,439
 
 
NCO PROFESSIONAL
 
 
2
$1,050
NCO TRAINING MANAGEMENT
3
$2,457
 
 
OAC INTL STUDENT ENGR PREP
 
 
1
$203
OBSERVER (ECL70)
4
$480
 
 
OFFICER TRAINING MGT
2
$1,854
3
$2,910
0JT ADMIN
 
 
6
$1,950
OJT ENL MAR SAF-SOUTHEAST
 
 
2
$1,226
OJT OFF MAR SAF-GULF COAST
1
$305
 
 
PATROL CRAFT COMMANDER
 
 
2
$6,524
PATROL CRAFT WEAPONS MT
 
 
2
$3,262
PHYSL TNG (SPEC / ORIGINAL)
10
$6,210
22
$15,070
PHYSL TNG (SPEC / REFRESHER)
50
$34,500
49
$33,565
PLT INSTRMNT FLT PROCEDURE
2
$1,090
7
$4,130
PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS
4
$5,892
3
$4,716
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT CRS-SP
8
$6,112
8
$7,624
RIVERINE OPS PLANNING
 
 
2
$6,524
RULES OF LAW & DISCP MIL OPS
 
 
2
$0
SAPPER
2
$5,168
1
$3,017
SEARCH AND RESCUE
1
$245
8
$2,080
SEC SPEC / GDS / LVLI / CERTIFY
9
$8,460
14
$20,720
SECURITY SPECIALIST / CERTIFY
8
$4,560
 
 
SPEC ENG TRNG (SET)
 
 
1
$2,258
SPEC REACTION TEAM / CERTIFY
 
 
4
$2,040
SPECIALIZED ENG LANG TNG
4
$8,832
4
$9,120
SR INTERNATIONAL DEF MGT
1
$3,926
1
$4,056
SUPPLY OFF BAS INTL - IOSCO
 
 
1
$3,047
SWO DIESEL EOOW
 
 
2
$1,692
TATS ARMOR OFFICER ADV
 
 
1
$4,731
TECH TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
 
 
2
$1,180
TRANSPT ACFT CREW CHIEF
 
 
2
$2,240
USA C&GSC OFF PREPARATORY
1
$373
1
$698
WORK CENTER INSTRUCTOR
 
 
2
$1,632
Total
762
$592,668
551
$525,474
Total for 1999-2000
1,313
$1,118,142
 
 

Foreign Military Financing (FMF):

  FY 1999 Actual FY 2000 Planned
Course  Number of Students  Cost  Number of Students  Cost
BATTLE STAFF OPS - SPANISH     1 $1,905
COMMANDO OPS - SPANISH     4 $29,396
MTT TRAINING AIDS - CNET 30 $0    
MTT - MISCELLANEOUS OPNS 30 $86,819 60 $90,669
NV GOGGLE QUAL -- IP 2 $80,302    
OFFR TRAINING MGMT - SPAN 2 $2,223    
SPANISH AVIA (UH-60FS) REF 3 $24,006 3 $26,904
SPANISH - AVIATOR (UH-60) 1 $63,209 3 $186,036
SPANISH - NVGOGG QUAL (UH-1) 5 $129,175    
UH-60 NV GOGG QUAL - SPANISH 1 $55,054 7 $466,123
Total 74 $440,788 78 $801,033
Total for 1999-2000 152 $1,241,821

International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL):

 
FY 1999 Actual
FY 2000 Planned
Course
Number of Students
Cost
Number of Students
Cost
ACFT POWERPLANT REP -SPANIS
4
$30,108
 
 
ACFT POWRTRAIN REP - SPANIS
3
$21,192
2
$9,638
ADVANCED PRIME MOVERS
 
 
3
$1,185
BATTLE STAFF OPERATIONS
4
$7,256
4
$7,496
CIVIL MILITARY OPERATIONS
2
$1,794
2
$1,970
COLLINS VIR-30 VOR / ILS
 
 
2
$520
COMMAND AND GENERAL
1
$10,523
1
$11,227
COMMANDO
 
 
6
$33,090
COUNTERDRUG OPNS
6
$19,206
8
$24,520
DME-40
 
 
2
$520
ETSS - OPNS FT
30
$68,214
 
 
EXEC & FIELD GRADE LEV LOG
2
$1,856
2
$2,440
HELICOPTER REPAIRER (UH-1)
6
$15,642
 
 
HUMANITARIAN DEMINING
4
$9,460
6
$15,288
INTL LOG / SUPPLY MGMT CRS
 
 
2
$1,320
IP INSTRMNT FLT PROCEDURES
 
 
2
$1,050
MAINTENANCE MANAGER
2
$14,184
2
$14,082
MEDICAL ASSISTANT
16
$23,968
8
$9,192
MTT MLE ADV BOARD OFF EIMET
 
 
30
$0
MTT SMALL BOAT OPS CG11
 
 
30
$0
NCO DEVELOPMENT
3
$8,439
4
$12,092
NCO TRAINING MANAGEMENT
4
$3,276
8
$6,312
NICAD BATTERY
 
 
3
$585
OFFICER TRAINING MANAGEMENT
3
$2,781
3
$2,910
PHYSL TNG (SPEC / REFRESHER)
 
 
150
$102,750
PT-6 ENGINE TECHNICIAN
 
 
4
$1,300
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT CRS -SP
2
$1,528
6
$5,718
SAPPER
6
$15,504
8
$24,136
SEARCH AND RESCUE
 
 
2
$520
SPAN AVIATION SAFETY MGT
2
$2,758
2
$3,084
TECH TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
2
$1,180
 
 
UH-1 HELO RPR SPV BNCOC - SP
3
$19,695
3
$13,092
UH-1 MAINT MGR TP (SPANISH)
2
$30,768
2
$41,818
Total
107
$309,332
307
$347,855
Total for 1999-2000
414
$657,187
 
 

Section 1004 - DOD Drug Interdiction

 
FY 1999 Actual
FY 2000 Planned
Course
Number of Students
Cost
Number of Students
Cost
A-37B ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
 
 
2
$650
A-37B INSTRUMENT SYS
 
 
2
$650
ACFT POWERPLANT REP-SPANIS
 
 
2
$14,034
ACFT POWERTRAIN REP-SPANIS
 
 
2
$9,638
ACFT STRUCTURAL REP-SPANIS
 
 
2
$17,732
ARMAMENT SYSTEMS
 
 
1
$1,120
AVN MAINTENANCE MANAGER
 
 
1
$1,195
C-130 / T-56 B / E / H ENG TECHN
 
 
2
$920
C-130 B / E / H PROPELLER TECHN
 
 
2
$790
CDTS
 
 
25
$50,000
CDTS (CD 016)
 
 
950
$1,250,000
CDTS (CD 0202)
 
 
150
$504,000
CDTS (CD 029)
 
 
70
$124,000
CDTS (CD 031)
 
 
74
$47,000
CDTS (CD 034)
 
 
80
$167,000
CDTS (CD 035)
 
 
50
$108,000
CDTS (CD 036)
 
 
65
$108,000
CDTS (CD 048)
 
 
40
$55,000
CDTS (CD 049)
 
 
80
$281,000
CDTS (CD 059)
 
 
1,991
$9,000,000
CDTS (CD 060)
 
 
50
$96,000
CDTS (CD 074)
 
 
150
$455,000
CDTS (CD 093)
 
 
40
$55,000
CDTS (CD 094)
 
 
150
$504,000
CDTS (CD 099)
 
 
35
$81,000
CDTS (CN9015)
30
$135,800
 
 
CDTS (CN9016)
77
$128,600
 
 
CDTS (CN9026)
98
$272,000
 
 
CDTS (CN9028)
40
$124,500
 
 
CDTS (CN9029)
88
$123,300
 
 
CDTS (CN9033)
50
$129,100
 
 
CDTS (CN9064)
317
$4,157,200
 
 
CDTS (CN9116)
0
$46,830
 
 
CDTS (CN9117)
38
$32,790
 
 
CDTS (CN9118)
25
$11,184
 
 
CDTS (CN9123)
20
$244,454
 
 
CDTS (CD9021)
0
$78,800
 
 
CDTS (CN 9053)
40
$78,400
 
 
CDTS (CN 9064)
650
(LEFT BLANK)
 
 
CDTS (CN 9130)
40
$14,807
 
 
CDTS (CN 9131)
35
$383,063
 
 
MAINTENANCE MANAGER
 
 
2
$14,082
NV GOGGLE QUAL -- IP
 
 
5
$148,545
PT-6 ENGINE TECHNICIAN
 
 
2
$650
SPANISH AVIA (UH-60FS) REF
 
 
10
$89,680
SPANISH AVIATOR (UH-1) (T)
 
 
7
$223,699
SPANISH INST (REF) (UH-1FS)
 
 
7
$58,233
SPANISH - AVIATOR (UH-60) (T)
 
 
7
$434,084
SPANISH - NVGOGG QUAL (UH-1)
 
 
8
$267,808
SPECIALIZED ENG LANG TNG
 
 
1
$2,347
UH-1 HELO RPR SPV BNCOC-SP
 
 
2
$8,728
UH-1 MAINT MGR TP (SPANISH)
 
 
1
$20,909
UH-1H HELO MECH
 
 
3
$1,770
UH-1H / T-53 / L-13 ENGINE
 
 
2
$790
UH-60 INSTRUCTOR PILOT
 
 
1
$85,723
UH-60 MAINT TP -- W/FLY
 
 
1
$26,969
UH-60 NV GOGG QUAL - SPANISH
 
 
5
$332,945
Total
1,548
$5,960,828
4,080
$14,648,691
Total for 1999-2000
414
$20,609,519
 
 

Service Academy:

 
FY 1999 Actual
FY 2000 Planned
Course
Number of Students
Cost
Number of Students
Cost
USAF Academy
1
74,237
 
 
Total
1
$74,237
Total for 1999-2000
1
$74,237
 
 

Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies:

 
FY 1999 Actual
FY 2000 Planned
Course
Number of Students
Cost
Number of Students
Cost
CHDS Seminars
6
$42,852
 
 
Total
6
$42,852
Total for 1999-2000
6
$42,852
 
 

Miscellaneous DOD-DOS Activities:

 
FY 1999 Actual
FY 2000 Planned
Course
Number of Students
Cost
Number of Students
Cost
JOINT RIVERINE TRAINING TM
70
$255,000
23
$391,866
MTT OTHER - USCG O / S
60
$0
 
 
Tactical Analysis Team
1
(LEFT BLANK)
 
 
Total
131
$255,000
23
$391,866
Total for 1999-2000
154
$646,866
 
 
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