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Bush Authorizes $161.5 Million in Defense Items for Afghanistan

16 June 2005

Memorandum to Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Rice

President Bush authorized the drawdown of $161.5 million in defense articles and services from the Department of Defense for Afghanistan in a June 15 memorandum to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, gives the president the authority to shift or “draw down” resources from U.S. government agencies' budgets into security assistance. The president’s June 15 memorandum directs the drawdown of up to $161.5 million of defense articles, defense services, and military education and training from the Department of Defense for Afghanistan.

Following is the text of the memorandum:

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
June 15, 2005

Presidential Determination
No. 2005-25

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE

THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

SUBJECT: Determination to Authorize a Drawdown for Afghanistan

Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 202 and other relevant provisions of the Afghanistan Freedom Support Act (Public Law 107-327) and section 506 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, 22 U.S.C. 2318, I hereby direct the drawdown of up to $161.5 million of defense articles, defense services, and military education and training from the Department of Defense for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The Secretary of State is authorized and directed to report this determination to the Congress and to arrange for its publication in the Federal Register.

GEORGE W. BUSH

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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