It’s only tax money. Your tax money. But hey, we’ve got to buy off some despot in Nowheresistan who probably doesn’t like Americans very much. (Even though we keep filling his bank account.)
Since 9/11, these programs have surged in both size and number. According to the RAND Corporation, the Pentagon now has at least 70 different authorities under which it provides BPC to confront myriad challenges around the world, including insurgency in the Philippines, gang violence in El Salvador, terrorism in the Niger Delta, Chinese dominance in the South China Sea, and drug trafficking in Tajikistan.
In total, the DOD has spent at least $122 billion arming and training foreign partners in the past 15 years.