MOI-MAG
About Us
Mission

Train and advise the Ministry of Interior as a valued security cooperation partner.

Vision

Set a regional standard that delivers unique security assistance solutions in a lasting partnership.

History

Following the February 2006 attack on the Saudi Aramco Abqaiq Petroleum Stabilization Plant, the Kingdom’s Ministry of Interior moved quickly to establish a new security force dedicated to critical infrastructure protection. The previously existing Facility Security Forces, with a size of between 6,000 – 8,000 guards was re-established and moved from the Public Security Department to become an independent department under the Ministry of Interior. The former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, and the CENTCOM and AMC commanders, decided to realign the MOI-MAG under AMC as a logical conclusion. As a major command and force provider, AMC is better enabled than the theater-level unified combatant command CENTCOM to supply manpower resources. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is the Headquarters for MOI-MAG. The Ministry of Interior-Military Assistance Group (MOI-MAG) is a U.S. Army Security Assistance Command subordinate organization under the U.S. Army Material Command. The MOI-MAG is based in Riyadh, where where U.S. service members and personnel from the Department of the Army Civilians provide advice and assistance in training, engineering and explosive ordnance and lead the International Military Education and Training program for Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior. The MOI-MAG is fully funded by the government of Saudi Arabia through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) cases executed by USASAC. In response to their growing mission, the MOI-MAG (formerly called the "Facilities Security Forces-Training Advisor Group" or FSF-TAG) was restructured, transitioning from the administrative control of U.S. Central Command to USASAC. The change in designation and mission expansion were fueled by the heightened security environment and physical threats faced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia around and within its borders. The Facility Security Forces -Training Advisor Group (FSF-TAG) reports to the Ministry of Interior Military Advisory Group. The MOI-MAG transitioned away from the administrative control of U.S. Central Command to Army Materiel Command, and become a subordinate organization to AMC's Security Assistance Command. The growing mission was "fueled by the heightened security environment and the real threats that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is protecting itself against, in, around and within its borders." As the Saudi MOI's need for training and skills increased, so did FSF-TAG roles and responsibilities. In addition to its military advisory role, the MOI-MAG operates under the State Department within the Office of Program Management of the Ministry of Interior and has interagency pacts with America's FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Treasury Department and other agencies. The continued goal of this program provides technical knowledge, advice, skills and resources to help protect the kingdom's critical infrastructure. This infrastructure ranges from oil pipelines and some of the largest oil refineries in the world, to water desalination and electric power plants. The protection of those facilities has a considerable impact on the global economy and stability throughout the Middle East, and advances the strategic relationship between the United States and the Saudi Arabia. The renewal and expansion of FSF-TAG and the MOI-MAG speaks volumes about the continued commitment to U.S.-Saudi relations.

Summary

Security assistance through training and advising the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior contributes to regional and global stability, strengthens military support for strategic partners, limits the spread of transnational threats, including terrorism and trafficking in narcotics, weapons and people. Additionally, security assistance enables key allies and friends to improve their defense capabilities to foster closer military relationships. These relationships strengthen defense capabilities and promote U.S. interests in the region by preparing coalition partners and friendly foreign governments to work toward common security goals and share burdens in joint (Army Strategic Planning Guidance, 2014) missions. Increased military capabilities build and strengthen multilateral coalitions with the United States and enable friends and allies to be increasingly interoperable with regional forces. By increasing demand for U.S. systems, security assistance also contributes to a strong U.S. defense industrial base, an important element of U.S. national defense strategy that reduces cost for DOD acquisitions and secures jobs for American workers. The Ministry of Interior Military Assistance Group (MOI-MAG) is a Combatant Command Technical Assistance Field Team (TAFT) that builds partner capacity. It is a component of the United States Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) which develops and manages security assistance programs and foreign military sales (FMS) cases to build partner capacity, support Combatant Command engagement strategies and strengthen U.S. global partnerships. USASAC relies on life-cycle management commands as well as other DOD agencies and U.S. industry for support. The sale of equipment to overseas customers includes the "total package" of quality materiel, facilities, spare parts, training, publications, technical documentation, maintenance support and other services that the U.S. Army Materiel Command provides to Army units.