DISAM Journal

Publication covering politics and the aerospace and defense industries.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 4, March

An Additional 7.5 Billion Dollars in Assistance to Pakistan
[The following article was based on a White House press release and posted on the CNN web site on 15 October, 2009.] President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday (15 October 09) providing an additional $7.5 billion in assistance to the Pakistani...
Australian Military Opts for United States Chopper
[The following article originally appeared in The Australian, October 23, 2009.] Australia's military chiefs favor the United States over Europe in a planned $4 billion naval combat helicopter buy that is generating high-level concern among senior...
Berman Delegation Affirms United States and Taiwan Partnership, Discusses Regional Issues with Leadership
[The following article appeared on the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs web site: http://foreignaffairs.house.gov. Friday, August 21, 2009.] House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard L. Berman (D-CA) and...
Building Partner Aviation Capacity through Training
The United States Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS) recently held its first iteration of a new course designed to promote a specific and sometimes overlooked aspect of security cooperation, the development of partner nation aviation assets...
Building Partner Capacity
[The following are excerpts from a keynote speech delivered 1 October 2009 at Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS).] I came from an office in the office of the Secretary of Defense. For the partner nations, that...
China Gets Rare Ship Tour Japan Shows off Aegis-Equipped Destroyer at Sasebo
[The following article originally appeared in Pacific Stars and Stripes, December 2, 2009.] A visit [to Sasebo Naval Base, Japan] Monday by a Chinese defense ministry delegation put the communist country's top military officials unusually close...
China to Sell Pakistan 36 Fighter Jets
[The following article originally appeared in The Financial Times, Islamabad. November 10, 2009.] China has agreed to sell Pakistan at least 36 advanced fighter jets in a landmark deal worth as much as $ 1.4 billion, according to Pakistani and Western...
Courses Available to Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School Customers
[The following are courses offered by NAVSCIATTS. To find out more, visit our web site: www.navsoc.socom.mil/NAVSCIATTS] Course Title: Patrol Craft Officer Coastal Objective To provide the student with specialized training in the employment...
Defense Security Cooperation Agency Hosts Pakistan Security Assistance Working Group
[The below article originally appeared in the DSCA Newsletter, 6 November 2009.] Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) hosted the 22nd United States Pakistan Security Assistance Working Group (SAWG) and Financial Management Review (FMR) from...
Defense Security Cooperation Agency Participates in the Tri-Service Security Cooperation Conference
Security Cooperation professionals from around the world gathered at the 2009 Tri-Service Security Cooperation Conference, sponsored by the Air Force Security Assistance Center and held in Covington, Kentucky, November 3-4. "The conference's theme....
Defense Security Cooperation Agency Security Assistance Management Manual Tips
Support for Non-Ministry of Defense Agencies or Functions Defense articles and/or services are not sold or granted to foreign recipients under the Arms Export Control Act unless they are part of the national defense establishment, under the direction...
Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia
[The following are excerpts from testimony by Andrew J. Shapiro, Assistant Secretary, United States Department of State, Political-Military Affairs, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Washington, D.C., December 10, 2009.] Thank you for...
Executive Order 13526 of December 29, 2009 Classified National Security Information
[The following is the introductory portion of the titled "Executive Order" as published in the Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 2, Tuesday, January 5, 2010, Title 3. The full text is available at: http://edocket.access.epo.gov/2010/pdf/E9-31418.pdf]...
Fiscal Year 2011 International Affairs Budget
The following is a Press Release by the United states House of representatives Committee on foreign Affairs.] Howard L. Berman (Democrat-California), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today [9 December 2009] sent a bipartisan letter...
Foreign Military Sales Offsets and Other Issues Affecting Foreign Military Sales Procurements
[The following information is provided courtesy of the Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy web site: www.acq.osd.mil.] What is a foreign military sales offset? "Offset" means the entire range of industrial and commercial benefits provided...
Foreign Military Sales Shipments through the European Union: It's Not Just a Ramstein Air Base Issue
For many years, the Department of Defense has used Ramstein Air Base (AB) Germany as an in transit point for foreign military sales (FMS) shipments These shipments carry U.S.-produced or provided military equipment to the armed forces of another country...
Foreign Officials Find a Treasure Full of Information at Local Flea Market
Monroe, Ohio, Treasure Aisles welcomed 34 officials representing 22 countries to their Market on Sunday, December 6th [2009]. The group of Officials is in the United States attending an International Purchaser Course at the Defense Institute of Security...
Hitting Bottom in Foggy Bottom: The State Department Suffers from Low Morale, Bottlenecks, and Bureaucratic Ineptitude. Do We Need to Kill It to Save It?
[The following article originally appeared in Foreign Policy, September 11, 2009.] Discussion over the fate of Foggy Bottom usually focuses on the tenure of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the troubles of public diplomacy, and the rise of special...
India Seeks to Bolster Transport with Ten C-17s
[The following article originally appeared on the DefenseNews web site 5 November 2009 http:// www.defensenews.com.] The Indian Defence Ministry is negotiating the purchase of C-17 heavy-lift Globemaster aircraft from the United States through the...
In Latin America, Weapons Buying Spreads Mistrust
[The following article originally appeared in the Miami Herald, November 1, 2009.] Weapons purchases in Latin America are soaring as nations cast a wary eye on their neighbors. Whether it's called an "arms race" or a "coincidental modernization"...
Lean Six Sigma Project Pursues Improved Letters of Request
Defense Security Cooperation Agency's (DSCA's) Letter of Request (LOR) Quality Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Project team recently began the second phase of a project focused on helping the agency's international partners write complete and informative LORs....
Meeting the Demand for Maritime Special Operations Forces Capability
[The following is a question and answer interview with Captain Charles Wolf, United States Navy, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group 4 (NSWG-4). The interview originally appeared in Special Operations Technology (SOTECH) online, November/December...
Much-Heralded Jet Headed to Israel
[The following article originally appeared in the Tel Aviv Haaretz, November 10, 2009.] The largest defense deal in Israeli history, for the purchase of the F-35 stealth fighter aircraft, is advancing, slowly but surely. The rounds of talks among...
Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School Global Maritime Security Symposium Builds Relationships
The Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) hosted Naval Special Warfare Group 4's Global Maritime Security Force Assistance Symposium September 28 through October 1, 2009. More than 125 attendees representing eleven...
Naval Special Warfare Group 4 Assumes Command of the United States Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School
Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group 4 (NSWG-4) Captain Chuck Wolf has accepted control of a fourth subordinate command, Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS), on Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, from the Naval...
Norway Industry Eyes $3,5 Billion in Work from F-35 Deal
[The following article originally appeared on the DefenseNews web site, 11 November 2009. http://www.defensenews.com/] Norway anticipates $3.56 billion in contract spinoffs from the F-35 Lightning II combat fighter procurement program against a...
Office of the Spokesman United States Department of State Washington, D.C. November 30, 2009
The United States (United States) shares common cause with nations who are working to address the harmful effects of indiscriminately used landmines on civilians. We are proud to be a world leader in humanitarian mine action, having provided more than...
Presidential Determination on Major Illicit Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2010
[The following is from a memorandum for the Secretary of State released by the White House Office of the Press Secretary, September 15, 2009.] Presidential Determination No. 2009-30 Pursuant to section 706(1) of the Foreign Relations Authorization...
Presidential Determination with Respect to Foreign Governments' Efforts regarding Trafficking in Persons
[The following is from a memorandum for the Secretary of State released by the White House Office of the Press Secretary, September 14, 2009.] Presidential Determination No. 2009-29 Consistent with section 110 of the Trafficking Victims Protection...
Proposal Circulates on New Civilian-Military Agency Iraq Reconstruction Inspector General Urges Office to Report to the Department of State and the Department of Defense
[The following article originally appeared on the Washington Independent web site, http://washingtonindependent.com. on 3 November 2009.] Stuart Bowen is the United States Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction As the United States'...
Security Cooperation Information Portal News and Upgrades
The Security Cooperation Information Portal (SCIP) application continues to grow as SCIP team members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), and Defense Security Assistance Development...
Senator to Pentagon: Stop the Sweetheart Russian Helo Deals
[The following article originally appeared on Wired.com at the Danger Room, October 22, 2009. The following is a web site for Wired.com: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/10/ senator-to-pentagon-stop-the-sweetheart-russian-helo-deals.] Over a...
Socio-Cultural Aspects of Thai and United States Military Relations
[This article is a condensation of selected sections of a thesis on Thai-United States military relations in the post September 11, 2001, era completed as part of a Master's in Arts in Regional Studies at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. The research...
Soviet Carrier Turns into India's White Elephant
[The following is from a 1 August 2009 article on the DefenseNews web site: www.defensenews.com.] When Russia gave India a retired Soviet aircraft carrier five years ago, New Delhi was delighted, little realizing the vessel would turn into a costly...
The Pentagon's New Africa Push Counterterrorism Is Now a Major Focus of the Year-Old United States Africa Command
[The following article originally appeared in the National Journal, October 24, 2009.] Once the forgotten continent, Africa has growing strategic importance in America's fight against terrorism. A recent commando operation that killed a top organizer...
The Real Department of State and Department of Defense Turf War Begins
[The following article originally appeared on the following web site: thecable.foreignpolicy.com, 3 November 2009.] While both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have talked about the demilitarization of foreign...
The United States Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School
The Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) traces its history to 1961 when a United States Coast Guard Mobile Training Team (MTT) was sent to the Panama Canal Zone following agreements made during the Alliance for...
The United States Responds to Natural Disaster in El Salvador
On November 7-8, [2009], heavy rainfall related to Tropical Storm Ida caused floods and landslides in much of the central and eastern areas of El Salvador, including the capital city of San Salvador, which has resulted in more than 190 deaths and severe...
United States Aid to Pakistan: United States Taxpayers Have Funded Pakistani Corruption
[The following is from a Discussion Paper 2009-06, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, July 2009. To view the full paper, visit http://belfercenter.ksg. harvard.edu/files/Final_DP_2009_06_08092009.pdf. As always,...
United States and Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Fact Sheet
[The following is from a fact sheet released by the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, United States Department of State, October 15, 2009.] Mission Statement The United States and the Russian Federation reaffirm that the era when our countries...
United States Arms Exports Prevail Even in the Face of Steeper Competition
[The following article originally appeared in Aviation Week and Space Technology, November 30, 2009.] China, France, and Russia are increasingly aggressive in courting customers for their military products; but it is the United States that is raking...
United States Government Benefits as a Result of Foreign Military Sales Programs
United States fighter aviators are keenly aware that other countries fly similar variants of their own respective platforms. For example, Israel (F-15I) and Saudi Arabia (F-15S) operate variants of the United States Air Force (USAF) F-15E Strike Eagle,...
United States Training Plan for Afghanistan: Read First, Shoot Later
[The following article originally appeared in Mideast Stars and Stripes, December 10, 2009.] As they struggle to attract and retain more recruits into the Afghan National Army, American Commanders are hoping that two small adjustments will begin...
United States Urges Japan to Export SM-3s Interceptor Missiles for Europe Sought but Face Export Ban
[The following article originally appeared in the Japan Times, October 25, 2009.] United States Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked Japan last week to export a new type of ship-based missile interceptor under joint development by Tokyo and Washington...
Weapons Suppliers Selling Abroad Arizona Defense Contractors Try to Diversify amid Cuts
[The following article originally appeared in the Arizona Republic (Phoenix), September 13, 2009.] Arizona defense contractors have prospered from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the last seven years, capturing billions of dollars in Pentagon...