USAID wants its own elite special forces

The U.S. government is moving ahead with a plan to give American international development workers special forces training so they’ll be better equipped to operate in hostile environments. Under the plan, the Agency for International Development would develop rapid expeditionary development teams, or RED teams, that would work with or in close proximity of elite … Read more

Rocky transition in Colombia despite U.S. aid

U.S. government agencies have poured nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars into Colombia since 2017. The Agency for International Development led the way with $349,429,424 in grants and contracts followed by the State Department with $292,510,963 and the Department of Defense, $72,437,788. See details of U.S. grants and aid to Colombia, along with a list … Read more

Government employees shafted. Taxpayers, too

The U.S. Agency for International Development, the State Department and other federal agencies have drafted guides telling employees what they can and can’t do during a government shutdown. One thing many of them can do is apply for unemployment benefits. So taxpayers end up paying at least some of their salaries during the shutdown. Here … Read more

USAID’s approach to Venezuela

The U.S. Agency for International Development is running programs in seven nations to address the crisis in Venezuela. Those nations include Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago, according to a map last updated Nov. 9. USAID’s website states: USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and Office of Food … Read more

Planning for “strategic transitions” in foreign lands

The U.S. Agency for International Development has created roadmaps to signal when it may be time for a “strategic transition” in certain countries of interest. USAID’s 2019 “journey to self-reliance” roadmap for Cuba gives the nation high marks for health and education, but criticizes the socialist government’s commitment to open and accountable governance. The agency … Read more