Multinational Force and Observers

In the very brief memorandum to the Secretary of State dated November 16, 2016, Eligibility of the Multinational Force and Observers to Receive Defense Articles and Defense Services Under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Arms Export Control Act, the President effectively authorized the use of defense articles (whatever that means) and defense services by multinational forces and observers.

There is no explanation as to what this means, but presumably it allows for our armed forces and the State Department to cooperate fully with the multinational forces and observers in various parts of the world. The date of the original congressional action (1961) implies this is a fairly routine act by the President.

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