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Azerbaijan Has Advantage Over Armenia In U.S. Military Aid

U.S. Marines train Azerbaijani soldiers in Romania in 2011. (photo: U.S. Marine Corps)

Azerbaijan has gotten $20 million in military aid from the U.S. Department of Defense over the last ten years, while Armenia has gotten nearly nothing, a review of U.S. government documents shows.

While the U.S. State Department has traditionally administered most foreign military aid, since the onset of the "War on Terror" the Defense Department has taken on increasing responsibility for military aid. And although the U.S. State Department for the most part observes a policy of "parity" in aid to the two countries, the Department of Defense has been less cautious in maintaining a balance. Baku has benefited in particular from two Pentagon aid programs, known as Section 1004 and Section 1206, which are subject to less Congressional oversight and less stringent public reporting requirements. 

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Azerbaijan Has Advantage Over Armenia In U.S. Military Aid

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