The United States Military Training Mission (USMTM) to Saudi Arabia is a unique Security Assistance (SA) and Security Cooperation (SC) organization under the authority of the Chief of the US Diplomatic Mission. In its SA role, USMTM is a "train, advise, assist" provider of defense services under Title 22 of the US Code. In its SC role, USMTM facilitates most Title 10 DoD activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, primarily at the direction of the Commander, US Central Command, and performs the functions of the Security Cooperation Office (SCO) within the Saudi Ministry of Defense. It is further linked through the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Our mission is to enhance US National Security through building the capability and capacity of the Saudi Arabian Armed Forces (SAAF) to defend our common interests in the Middle East region.
Per a 1977 international agreement, the Chief USMTM provides, within the Ministry of Defense, training instruction at all levels, advisory services, studies and recommendations, and administration of all aspects of "the US military cooperation program." Over 140 advisors form the core of the SA mission, and are often augmented by temporary technical and training teams, working as directed by agreement between the Chief USMTM and the Saudi Chief of General Staff. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case coordination, from concept through closure, is a significant part of USMTM's portfolio and expertise. However, advisors work across the DOTMLPF spectrum with Saudi General and Flag officers at more than ten locations throughout the Kingdom. When SAAF forces participate with US forces in combat or in training exercises around the world, USMTM is positioned to be the link to US commanders.
USMTM is an advocate for US business to supply defense goods and services to the SAAF.
USMTM is organized into four Service Divisions, a Joint (Staff) Advisory Division, an English Language Instruction Division, and a directorate staff. It maintains a headquarters in Riyadh.