A SOFA is not a mutual defence agreement or a security agreement and generally does not authorize any specific exercise, activity or mission. SOFAs are peace documents and therefore do not deal with the rules of war, the laws of armed conflict or the laws of the sea. The existence of a SOFA does not affect or diminish the inherent right of the parties to self-defence under martial law. In the event of an armed conflict between the parties to a SOFA, the terms of the agreement would no longer be applicable. 1984: SOFA 1993: Additional agreement on the temporary transfer to Granada for exercises or activities approved by both governments according to the usual procedures. A SOFA may, for example, look at the wearing of uniforms by the armed forces while it is away from military installations, taxes and royalties, with weapons by U.S. personnel, the use of radio frequencies, driver`s license requirements and customs regulations. A SOFA provides the legal framework for the day-to-day operation of U.S. personnel during a foreign country.

Most CANAPES are bilateral agreements; they can therefore be adapted to the specific needs of the staff working in that country. (a) claims are filed, reviewed and regulated or decided in accordance with the laws and regulations of the host state with respect to claims arising from the activity of its own armed forces; The last group discussed at SOFA is that of agreements concluded as exclusive executive agreements without specific activity or exercise. These agreements contain a broad language of applicability. Some of the agreements apply to U.S. personnel “present” in a country, others apply to U.S. personnel “temporarily present” in a country. In addition to time constraints, most agreements contain a language that attempts to frame the scope of action. The activities described can be as broad as “official tasks” or specific to a specific activity class (. B, for example, humanitarian activities, exercises and/or training). This announcement became a source of interest to Congress115, in part following statements by Bush administration officials that such an agreement would not be submitted to the legislative branch for approval, although the United States may have been required to provide “security guarantees” to Iraq.116 Several hearings were held at the 110th Congress on the proposed security agreement.