Maximizing Foreign Military Sales Provides Multiple Benefits

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Maximizing Foreign Military Sales Provides Multiple Benefits


Elliot, Adriane, Army


Senior leaders gathered at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., recently to take a critical look at one of our nation's most fundamental foreign policy tools-the U.S. Army security assistance mission.

The Alabama-based U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) develops and manages the Army's security assistance programs and foreign military sales in over 150 countries, with a value of over $180 billion. The command's security assistance mission-strengthening alliances-is one of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' top priorities and plays a critical role in supporting U.S. geographic combatant command requirements and Army chief of staff priorities.

The historic forum-a first ofits kind- was hosted by the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. It was attended by more than 40 leaders from the Army security assistance enterprise.

Bruce Jette, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, kicked off the four-hour session with an organization briefing, urging attendees to raise issues to his level for policy review and support.

Exports Critical

Foreign military sales have a fundamental value to Army readiness and to the U.S. armed forces' interoperability with international partners. They also have a financial value, said Jette, who was sworn in in March. As assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology, he has responsibility for Department of the Army matters related to logistics and the ability to change policy.

Jette said the foreign military sales topic comes up frequently in his discussions with the secretary of the Army and the chief of staff. He called himself an "enabler," someone who can assist the enterprise with things that inhibit the foreign military sales mission.

After Jette's remarks, AMC commander Gen. Gus Perna challenged attendees to participate in frank dialogue.

"This session is just the beginning to developing the true ability to see ourselves," Perna said. He noted that decentralized decisions have the propensity to create gaps, and "sometimes those decisions cause second- and third-order effects."

Determining Importance

Perna said Army priorities should drive decisions.

"We have to take a hard look at our processes and make sure there is a shared understanding of the Army's [foreign military sales] objectives and priorities, and ensure those priorities don't impede Army readiness," Perna said. "We have to question ourselves and ensure we are meeting the secretary ofthe Army and the chiefofstaff's priorities."

Perna urged a holistic approach that takes into account the impact decisions have on the foreign military sales mission. "Right now, I think we see ourselves individually, not collectively," Perna said.

Ann Cataldo, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for defense exports and cooperation, provided a security assistance update outlining current National Defense Authorization Act-mandated reforms, new policies, requirements and prioritization processes, and Army roles and responsibilities. …

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