DISAM Journal

Publication covering politics and the aerospace and defense industries.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 3, November

Adapting Our Army to a Changing Environment
[The following article originally appeared in the Center for Complex Operations Newsletter, Issue No. 5, June 2009.] Today, our Army is releasing new doctrine on Security Force Assistance, a critical mission that will likely shape much of our future...
Admiral Stavridis Takes over as United States European Command Commander
Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense, passes the command colors to U.S. Navy Admiral James G. Stavridis during the U.S. European Command Change of Command Ceremony, June 30, 2009. Stavridis, the first U.S. Navy Commander to lead the command in its...
Africa Command Focuses on Extremists, Drug Traffickers
[The following article was provided courtesy of the Africa Command web site: www.africom.mil, June 26, 2009.] The top U.S. military officer with responsibility for Africa concedes he's worried about the threat of violent extremists taking hold there,...
Air Force Letter of Offer and Acceptance Process Improvements
The Air Force has taken a deliberate and focused approach to improving our Letter of Request (LOR) and Letter of Offer and Acceptance Data (LOAD) processes. The Air Force security assistance (SA) community recognized that it would be beneficial, to...
Air Force Security Assistance Center to Host Security Cooperation Conference
The Air Force Security Assistance Center will host the Security Cooperation Conference November 3 to 4, 2009 in the Marriott RiverCenter in Covington, Kentucky. The conference will bring together security assistance practitioners from across the Department...
Army Performance Tools and Process Improvements
The United States Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) concept for performance management directly links performance metrics to the command strategy. The metrics are tied to our strategic goals and objectives which, in turn, support the Army's...
Challenges of the Heroin Trade in Afghanistan
[The following article originally appeared in the Center for Complex Operations Newsletter; Issue No. 5, June 2009.] On 19 May, the Center for Complex Operations (CCO) brought together thirty interagency personnel from policy and counter-narcotics...
Confronting New Challenges Facing United Nations Peacekeeping Operations
[The following are excerpts from Susan E. Rice's opening statement to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C., July 29, 2009.] I am particularly pleased to make my first appearance on the Hill as the U.S. Permanent Representative to...
Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management Online Learning Reaches out to the Security Cooperation Community
The Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management's (DISAM's) online learning program began modestly with the roll out of the Security Assistance Management Orientation Course (SAM-OC) and the International Programs Security Requirements-Online...
Defense Security Cooperation Agency Memorandum: Increase to Delivery Term Codes Percentage Rates: June 30, 2009
[Normally the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management does not publish Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Memoranda since they are all readily available on the DSCA web site at: www.dsca.mil. However, we have made an exception because...
Delay in Treaty Approval Frustrates United Kingdom Officials and United States Defense Industry
[The following article originally appeared on The Hill web site located at: http://thehiil.com on 07/08/09.] Pressure is building on the Senate to ratify a treaty designed to bolster American and British military cooperation by removing red tape...
Enhanced Freight Tracking System: Increased Visibility for the Future
Consider the following scenario--July 2012 : The Bandarian Army has been flying military helicopters to support humanitarian missions in a desert environment for the past year. Anticipating the effect of sand and heat on helicopter parts, Bandaria,...
Foreign Aid: An Introduction to United States Programs and Policy
[The following are excerpts of the report prepared for members and committees of Congress by the Congressional Research Service, 9 April 2009.] Summary Foreign assistance is a fundamental component of the international affairs budget and is viewed...
Foreign Military Sales Construction in Iraq
One of the most robust and diverse foreign military sales (FMS) construction programs in the world is underway in Iraq. The cumulative $1.03 billion program, managed by the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq (MNSTC-I), provides engineering...
Foreign Policy Address at the Council on Foreign Relations
[The following are excerpts from Secretary Clinton's address to the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C., July 15, 2009. The source document is from the Department of State web site: www.state.gov.] Shortly before I started at the State...
France Hopes to Jumpstart Its Arms Sales with the New Iraqi Government
[The following article is originally appeared in The Washington Post, July 4, 2009.] France, which was an important weapons supplier to Saddam Hussein, has set out to revive its once-flourishing arms sales and training relationship with the new...
Fundamental Re-Examination of System Is Needed to Help Protect Critical Technologies: A Government Accountability Office Report
[The following are excerpts from Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives providing highlights of GAO-09-767T. The full statement is available at: www./gao.gov/new.items/d09767t.pdf.]...
General Fraser Assumes Command of the United States Southern Command. (Security Assistance Community)
[The following article is compliments of the SOUTHCOM (U.S. Southern Command) web site: www. southcom.mil, June 25, 2009.] Air Force General Douglas M. Fraser became the first-ever Air Force officer to lead U.S. Southern Command as he relieved Navy...
House Foreign Affairs Committee Pushes Bill to Bolster Diplomacy and Development
[The following article is courtesy of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency Newsletter, Volume 4, Number 19, May 2009.] The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved comprehensive legislation to shore up U.S. foreign policy efforts, the Foreign...
Improving the Quality of Foreign Military Sales Forecasting Using Benford's Law
Abstract One approach to forecasting future sales might be called the "bottom-up" approach. In general, one tries to forecast the values of all major customers' orders for the upcoming year. Then, these are summed to obtain a forecast for the upcoming...
Looking Forward Using Lean Six Sigma in Navy International Security Assistance: The Next Step
By all accounts, the Navy International Program Office (NIPO) has a healthy and active Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) Program. Dating back to 2005, appropriate resources have been dedicated to build a successful CPI Program. The program enjoys...
Pacific Partnership Wraps Up Multi-Mission Stop in Samoa
[The following article is courtesy of the Pacific Command web site: www.pacom.mil, posted 13 July 2009.] Pacific Partnership 2009 departed Samoa July 10, 2009 after working alongside Samoans and other partners and friends, delivering a variety of...
Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the United States Agree: Cooperation Is the Key to Success along Border Pass
Since the fall of the Taliban in late 2001, Pakistan and Afghanistan have shared not only a border, but also a common threat. Using early breakdowns in communication along that border to their advantage, insurgents would often attack in one country,...
Pakistan-The Most Dangerous Place in the World
[The following article was reprinted with permission of the Strategic Studies Institute Newsletter, U.S. Army War College. The views expressed in this op-ed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the...
President Obama Orders Broad Review of Export-Control Regulations
[The following article originally appeared in Defense News, 14 August 2009] After years of battling complicated, costly and constrictive export controls with limited success, the U.S. defense industry may have found a new ally: President Barack...
Rebalancing the Force: Major Issues for Quadrennial Defense Review 2010
[The following are excerpts from a presentation to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Monday, April 27, 2009. The full text, including and is available at: http://www.defenselink.mil/policy/sections/public statements/speeches/usdp/flournoy/2009/April...
Saudis Take Delivery of First Typhoons
[The following article appeared on the Defense News web site 12 June 2009.] Saudi Arabia has taken delivery of the first two Eurofighter Typhoons out of a massive order for 72 of the British planes that first fell into doubt over an arms scandal,...
Security Assistance Accounting 'S Role in Enterprise Resource Planning
[The following article is compliments of the DFAS-Indianapolis Center Security Assistance Accounting News Update, July 2009.] What is an Enterprise Resource Planning? An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is a company-wide computer system for...
Security Assistance Management Manual Tips
[The following are Security Assistance Management Manual (SAMM) tips provided by Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). For questions or further information on these topics, please contact DSCA Policy Division, Strategy Directorate. The SAMM is...
South Korea Drops 5th Generation Fighter Plan
[The following article originally appeared on the Defense News web site on 23 July 2009.] South Korea will refocus its KF-X fighter-development program, which aimed to create a fifth-generation stealth fighter, and instead solicit foreign firms'...
Strengthening the Transatlantic Alliance: An Overview of the Obama Administration's Policies in Europe
[The following are excerpts from a statement before the Subcommittee on Europe of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C., June 16, 2009.] President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and I are committed to reinvigorating and deepening the...
The Jordan Model: Coming Soon to a United States Embassy near You
The promulgation of Department of Defense Directive (DoDD) 5105.75, dated December 21, 2007, will result in major changes in the leadership of Security Cooperation Offices and Defense Attache Offices in U.S. diplomatic missions (embassies); coordination...
The Peace Corps Model of Building Partner Capacity
Life in the Peace Corps will not be easy. There will be no salary, and allowances will be at a level sufficient only to maintain health and meet basic needs. Men and women will be expected to work and live alongside the nationals of the country in...
The Security Cooperation Enterprise Solution: Transforming Case Execution through Standardization and Integration
In July 2008, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) and the Business Transformation Agency (BTA) partnered to design, develop, implement, and field the Security Cooperation Enterprise Solution (SCES). SCES is designed to improve the access...
The Security Cooperation Management Suite: Information, Visibility and Responsiveness
The security cooperation (SC) community is gaining a valuable new source of information on foreign military sales (FMS) goods and services, spanning the full range from request to delivery. A new management suite, hosted via the Security Cooperation...
The Way Forward: Improving Performance
The Changing Security Cooperation Landscape Our community has performed traditional security assistance responsibilities for many decades. More recently, additional security cooperation programs have been added to our community portfolio--to include...
Under Secretary Building United States Public Diplomacy Team
[The following article originally appeared on the Defense News web site, July 16, 2009.] United States Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy is creating a small team that will coordinate and improve how the Pentagon and other federal...
United States Department of State Surpasses Target of 75,000 Trained Peacekeepers by 2010
The United States has surpassed its commitment, adopted at the 2004 G-8 (Group of Eight Top Economic Word Powers), to include: Canada Japan, United Kingdom German France Italy Russia The United States Sea Island Summit goal...
United States Pressures Israel Aerospace Industries to Drop Bid on Fighter Jets to India
[The below article originally appeared in The Jerusalem Post, July 6, 2009.] Under pressure from the Pentagon, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been forced to back out of a joint partnership with a Swedish aerospace company to compete in a...
United States Secretary of Defense Gates Visits Philippines to Reaffirm United States Commitment
[The following article is provided courtesy of the Pacific Command web site: http://www.pacom. rail/web/Site Pages/Media/News.shtml]. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates made a brief stop [in the Philippines] June 1,2009 to reaffirm U.S. commitment...
With A400M Delayed, France Eyes C-130J Unlikely to Pursue C-17
[The following article was originally published 8 June 2009 on the Defense News web site, www.defensenews.com.] The French Air Force, seeking a stopgap for the delayed A400M airlifter, is unenthusiastic about buying a small fleet of C-17s but is...