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Department of Defense


NUMBER 2100.3

July 11, 1963

Incorporating Change 1


SUBJECT:  United States Policy Relative to Commitments to Foreign Governments Under Foreign Assistance Programs

References: (a)  The U.S. Policy on this subject as approved by the President on May 8, 1956

(b)  DoD Directive S-2100. 2, February 25, 1957 (canceled herein)

(c)  Secretary of Defense Multi-addressee Memorandum, "Consultations with Foreign Governments Concerning U.S. Grant Military Assistance, June 23, 1960 (canceled herein)


The President on May 8, 1956 (reference (a)) approved the policy that no promises or commitments involving future performance or future expenditures of U.S. funds for foreign assistance should be made or implied except upon specific determination:

1.1.  That such promises or commitments are in accordance with approved policy;

1.2.  That either funds have been appropriated or authorized by the Congress -- including such authority as may be granted for making long-term commitments -- or that there is Executive determination to seek such funds as may be required;

1.3.  As to the extent to which the recipient country may be able to support the program contemplated;

1.4.  As to the probable time-span over which such assistance may have to be granted.


This Directive promulgates the policy of the U.S. Government as established in reference (a).


The objective of the President's directive is to insure that the United States, or an individual representing the United States, does not make commitments, expressed or implied, to furnish funds, including long-term credit arrangements, goods or services to foreign governments (the terms foreign government and foreign official shall include officials of any international organization or supra-national authority as well as of any foreign national government) without:

3.1.  Appropriate governmental clearances;

3.2.  Satisfactory assurance that such commitments:

3.2.1.  Can and will be met; and

3.2.2.  Do take into account the best interests of the United States in the use of its resources;

3.3.  A clear understanding with the recipient as to the nature, scope, and time-span of the commitment.


For the purpose of this Directive commitment means any communication between a responsible U.S. official and a responsible foreign official that could reasonably be interpreted as being a promise that the United States will provide a foreign government with funds including long-term credit arrangements, goods, services, or information.


5.1.  The determinations required by the President's directive shall be made prior to all future promises or commitments, expressed or implied, including extensions or material changes in existing commitments.

5.2.  The President's directive does not prohibit:

5.2.1.  The formulation of plans for future programs; nor

5.2.2.  Those discussions with foreign governments that are necessary to such forward planning; provided, however, that in such cases the U.S. officials shall make plain to the foreign governments that such discussions do not constitute or imply a commitment on the part of the United States.


6.1.  The Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs, is hereby delegated the responsibility within the Department of Defense for making the determinations required by the President's directive.

6.2.  The Secretaries of the Military Departments, the Director, Defense Research and Engineering, the Assistant Secretaries of Defense, the General Counsel, DoD, the Director, Defense Security Assistance Agency, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Commanders of Unified Commands, the Chiefs, U.S. Military Missions accredited to foreign countries, and other responsible officials of the Department of Defense will:

6.2.1.  Insure that discussions with foreign officials do not constitute or imply a commitment until the determinations required by the President's directive have in fact been made;

6.2.2.  Submit to the Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs, any proposed new commitments, including extensions or material changes in existing commitments, accompanied by full and complete information relating to the proposed commitment, including, specifically, information necessary to support determinations required by paragraphs 1.3. and 1.4., above.  Normally, such proposals with respect to the Military Assistance will be submitted in conjunction with the proposed Military Assistance Programs developed in accordance with instructions contained in the Military Assistance Programming Guidance issued in the Military Assistance Manual by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs.


This Directive cancels and supersedes references (b) and (c), and is effective immediately.

Signed by: Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense