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Commander's Guide to Money as a Weapons System Handbook

Handbook 09-27
April 2009

CALL Handbook 09-27: Commander's Guide to Money as a Weapons System Handbook

Iraqi Security Forces Funding

Chapter 13

The Iraqi Security Forces Fund (ISFF) is a U.S. appropriated fund that provides support to all Iraqi security forces (ISF), including the Iraqi Army, Iraqi police forces, special task forces, and border security. It funds construction, force protection, training, equipping, life support, and sustainment of ISF. Subcategories of ISFF are:

  • Quick response funds.
  • Combat service support (CSS) to ISF.
  • Foreseeable or recurring (non-quick response funds) requirements.

ISFF limitations include the following:

  • All life support requirements should be contracted.
  • May not be used for weapons buyback or salaries.
  • All funded items must remain in theater.

Quick Response Funds

By law, units may only use ISFF quick response funds to meet short-notice and emergent ISF requirements that do not exceed the $1 million (M) simplified acquisition threshold. Quick response funds have two distinct categories: requirements between $2 thousand (K) and $50K and requirements greater than $50K.

Since ISF life support and logistic supply are government of Iraq and Iraqi Ministry of Defense and Ministry of the Interior responsibilities, units should use quick response funds as a last resort when the mission will fail without direct intervention.

Quick response funds may fund the following types of short notice and emergent projects:

  • Reconstruction/repair of buildings used exclusively by ISF.
  • Emergency or mission critical equipment used by the ISF, to include modes of transportation.
  • Training equipment used exclusively by ISF.
  • Force protection and barrier material.
  • Emergency life support for ISF.

As a general rule, units may not use quick response funds for:

  • Humanitarian relief and non-Iraq security reconstruction efforts.
  • Direct/indirect benefit to U.S. or the coalition.
  • Entertainment.
  • Cash handouts.
  • In conjunction with or commingled with Operational and Maintenance, Army or any other appropriated or non-appropriated funds.
  • Any expense that does not directly benefit the ISF.
  • Payment of wages, salaries, bonuses, or awards to members of ISF.
  • Benefits to the Sons of Iraq or similar organization.
  • Recurring requirements.

Combat Service Support to Iraqi Security Forces

CSS to ISF is in support of last resort requirements and requires a strong justification. If upon review the provision of supplies to ISF does not meet the criteria identified in this section, the individual authorizing the distribution of supplies may be held financially liable for payment.

Through the CSS to ISF program, Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I) and subordinate units may provide ISF with on-hand supplies and equipment necessary to remedy life, health, and safety deficiencies directly related to and with the potential to significantly impact near-term lethal operations.

Units may not provide equipment or supplies to the ISF through the CSS to ISF program if the Iraqi security element identifies a need for the items more than two weeks in advance of a lethal operation.

Units may use the CSS to ISF process to transfer supplies with an individual acquisition cost of up to $30K. Units shall not provide equipment or supplies requiring an export license under U.S. law to ISF under the CSS to ISF program. This prohibition includes any type of firearm.

Major support commands will continue to submit monthly CSS to ISF reports to the MNC-I command, control, communications, and computers ISF cell no later than the 10th of every month.

See Appendix E, MNC-I CJ8 Money as a Weapons System Standing Operating Procedure.

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