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Section 1263 South China Sea (SCS) Maritime Security Initiative (MSI)

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Conduct partner capacity building in the South China Sea (SJS) region.


FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Section 1263 and expires Sept 30, 2020.


The NDAA specifies five SCS MSI nations for assistance and training: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. In addition, there is a provision that allows incremental expenses for personnel from Taiwan, Singapore and Brunei to participate in training. Country teams work through the Geographic Combatant Command (GCC) to nominate proposals to Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff for approval. DSCA provides program management and execution through the Implementing Agencies.


Annual Appropriation.