Summary: H.R.4919 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Security Assistance Act of 2000 - Title I: Military and Related Assistance - Subtitle A: Foreign Military Sales and Financing Authorities - Authorizes appropriations for FY 2001 and 2002 for foreign military financing grants and direct loans.

(Sec. 102) Amends the Arms Export Control Act to authorize the President to exempt a foreign country from the licensing requirements of this Act with respect to exports of defense items only if the U.S. Government has concluded a bilateral agreement with such country (except Canada) that requires it to establish an export control regime at least comparable to that employed by the United States with respect to such defense items and other controlled information and technologies.

Prohibits the President from issuing a license for the export of commercial communications satellites for launch from, and by nationals of, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, or Kazakhstan until: (1) at least 15 days after Congress receives a certain required certification which applies to applications for a license for the export of major defense equipment totaling $14 million or more or of defense articles or defense services totaling $50 million or more; and (2) Congress enacts a joint resolution approving the proposed export.

Subtitle B: Stockpiling of Defense Articles for Foreign Countries - Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to set the maximum value of additions to stockpiles of defense articles in foreign countries in FY 2001. Makes amounts available for such stockpiles in the Republic of Korea.

(Sec. 112) Authorizes the President to transfer to Israel certain obsolete or surplus defense articles in return for concessions to be negotiated by the Secretary of Defense.

Subtitle C: Other Assistance - Increases the aggregate value of the emergency drawdown of defense articles and defense services from the inventory and resources of any U.S. agency and international military education and training (IMET) from the Department of Defense (DOD) to foreign countries in any fiscal year. Authorizes the drawdown of such articles, services, and training for counterterrorism and nonproliferation purposes.

(Sec. 122) Authorizes the President to provide for the transportation of excess defense articles without charge to a country for the costs of such transportation if, among other things, the total weight of such transfer does not exceed 50,000 pounds (currently, 25,000 pounds).

Title II: International Military Education and Training - Authorizes appropriations to the President for FY 2001 and 2002 for IMET assistance to foreign countries. Sets forth certain additional requirements with respect to the provision of such assistance.

Title III: Nonproliferation and Export Control Assistance - Authorizes the President to furnish assistance to foreign countries in order to enhance their ability to halt the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, and advanced conventional weaponry.

(Sec. 301) Authorizes appropriations for FY 2001 and 2002 (earmarking amounts for training and education of personnel from friendly countries in the United States, science and technology centers in the independent states of the former Soviet Union, and a static cargo x-ray facility in Malta).

(Sec. 305) Amends the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act of 1998 to exempt U.S. chemical weapons destruction facilities from the requirement that a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation accompany each inspection team of the Technical Secretariat when inspecting such facilities pursuant to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction, opened for signature on January 13, 1993.

Title IV: Antiterrorism Assistance - Authorizes appropriations for FY 2001 and 2002 for antiterrorism assistance to foreign countries.

Title V: Integrated Security Assistance Planning - Subtitle A: Establishment of a National Security Assistance Strategy - Requires the Secretary of State to submit annually to the appropriate congressional committees a plan setting forth a National Security Assistance Strategy for the United States.

Subtitle B: Allocations for Certain Countries - Authorizes appropriations for FY 2001 and 2002 for foreign military financing grants for the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. Earmarks specified amounts of IMET assistance funds for such countries, including Greece and Turkey.

(Sec. 513) Earmarks specified amounts for FY 2001 and 2002 for Economic Support Fund (ESF) assistance and foreign military financing grants for Israel and Egypt. Earmarks specified amounts for such grants (including IMET assistance, except Jordan) for: (1) Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania; (2) the Philippines; (3) Georgia; (4) Malta; (5) Slovenia; (6) Slovakia; (7) Romania; (8) Bulgaria; and (9) Jordan.

(Sec. 516) Earmarks certain funds for FY2001 and 2002 to assist GUUAM countries (group of countries that signed a protocol on quadrilateral cooperation on November 25, 2997, together with Uzbekistan) and Armenia to: (1) strengthen national control of their borders (including to prevent the trafficking of illegal narcotics and the proliferation of technology and materials related to weapons of mass destruction, and to contain and inhibit transnational organized criminal activities); and (2) promote the independence and territorial sovereignty of such countries.

Title VI: Transfers of Naval Vessels - Authorizes the President to transfer certain naval vessels to: (1) Brazil; (2) Chile; (3) Greece; and (4) Turkey.

(Sec. 604) Sets forth requirements with respect to: (1) the transfer of naval vessels on a combined lease-sale basis (including the funding of costs related to such transfers); (2) the repair of transferred vessels at U.S. and U.S. Navy shipyards; and (3) the transfer of naval vessels on a grant basis.

Title VII: Miscellaneous Provisions - Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to authorize the use of defense articles and defense services made available through the provision of U.S. military assistance to foreign countries for antiterrorism and nonproliferation purposes.

(Sec. 702) Requires a certain annual military assistance report to include a specification of defense articles that have been licensed for export to a foreign country or international organization during the fiscal year.

(Sec. 703) Directs the President to report to the appropriate congressional committees on the status of the efforts of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency to implement the End-Use Monitoring Enhancement Plan relating to government-to-government transfers of defense articles, defense services, and related technologies.

(Sec. 705) Prohibits U.S. sale of Stinger missiles in the Persian Gulf, with certain exceptions.

(Sec. 707) Authorizes for FY 2001 and 2002 the use of DOD funds for crating, packing, handling, and transporting excess defense articles to Mongolia.

(Sec. 708) Directs the President to certify annually to the appropriate congressional committees those Russian persons (particularly Russian space and missile entities) engaged in a commercial operation involving Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) equipment or technology with a U.S. person pursuant to an arms export license issued since January 1, 2000, that are not identified in a certain report requiring the identification of foreign persons who are believed to have knowingly transferred to Iran goods, services, or technology listed on the MTCR. Authorizes the President to terminate an individual's export license relating to the use, development, or co-production of commercial rocket technology with a foreign person if it is determined that such foreign person has knowingly transferred such MTCR technology since the issuance of such license.

Revises reporting requirements for export licenses for MTCR items intended to support a space launch vehicle system. Requires the Secretary of Commerce to report to Congress (as currently) within 15 days after the issuance of a license (including, now, any brokering license) for the export of MTCR items valued under $50 million (currently, $14 million) and intended to support the design, utilization, development, or production of a space launch vehicle system listed in Category I of the MTCR Annex.

(Sec. 709) Expresses the sense of Congress the U.S. Government should work with the Government of the Philippines to enable it to procure military equipment that can be used to upgrade the capabilities and to improve the quality of life of Philippine armed forces.