Department of Defense (DOD) provided the vehicles through the Excess
Defense Articles program, where excess equipment is offered at reduced or no
cost to eligible foreign recipients on an "as is, where is" basis in support
of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives.
Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is responsible for administering the
Department of Defense's (DoD) Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program.
Excess defense articles are DoD and U.S. Coast Guard-owned articles no
longer needed and declared excess by the U.S. Armed Forces.
This excess equipment may be offered at reduced or no cost to eligible
foreign recipients on an “as is, where is” basis in support of U.S. national
security and foreign policy objectives.
Purpose of the Excess Defense Articles Program:
Transfers excess defense equipment to foreign governments or
Typically used for modernization of partner forces.
Excess defense articles provided to partner nation at a reduced price
(based on the condition of the equipment) or as a grant.
Partner nations pay for packing, crating, handling, and transportation (PCH&T),
as well as refurbishment if applicable – Excess Defense Articles are “as is, where is”.
Who identifies countries eligible for excess equipment:
State determines which countries will have Excess Defense Articles programs.
Secretary of Defense executes the Excess Defense Articles program.
Who identifies excess equipment:
The Military Departments identify excess equipment
Combatant Commands identify possible recipients to
the Military Departments (MILDEPS)
Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) facilitates coordination and approval of requests
516(b)(1)(e) of the Foreign Assistance Act states that EDA transfers
shall not adversely impact the U.S. national technology and industrial base,
nor reduce the opportunities of U.S. industry to sell new or used equipment
to the proposed recipient. In accordance with Executive Order 12163, as
amended, the Director of DSCA makes the determination on the impact to
What is the process for transferring assets through the Excess Defense
Articles Program (EDA) ?
Coast Guard sends out a message soliciting interest in excess defense
articles after proposing to decommission or retire assets.
Countries respond with a letter of interest.
The condition of each
asset is fully disclosed since Excess Defense Articles transfers take place
This means that the foreign government will be required to pay
for any repair, transportation, and training costs as well as any required
The Coast Guard develops a strategic allocation
recommendation explaining which countries should receive the assets and
forwards the recommendation to the
Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
Once approved, it is sent to
the Department of State and the
Congress for final approval.
After receiving authority to offer the
assets, countries are invited to conduct thorough inspections.
While each asset may have
different support requirements, the Coast Guard ensures that proper training
is provided with each transfer.
Over the past five years, the Coast Guard's average annual international
sales have exceeded $90 million, with an average annual delivery of 40
assets and a total of more than 500 asset deliveries.