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Seapower Magazine April 2015
ARLINGTON - The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is the Defense Department’s lead agency for the execution of security cooperation programs. DSCA facilitates the transfer of defense equipment and services to international partners through sale, lease or grant, including the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, in response to urgent or emerging requirements or capability gaps.
Leading that agency since September 2013 is VADM Joseph W. Rixey, who has reorganized the DSCA so that it is aligned by region, rather than function, to better understand and execute the full continuum of security cooperation solutions. In October, Rixey unveiled DSCA’s strategy for the future, “Vision 2020,” which aims to position DSCA “to play an active role in advancing the community beyond the sum of its parts. The intention of this strategic plan is to leverage DSCA resources both to build on the community’s strengths and address our weaknesses in order to better achieve U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives,” he writes in his director’s message in the document.
Rixey sat down with Editor in Chief Amy L. Wittman to discuss Vision 2020 initiatives, the agency realignment, building partner capacity and the challenges ahead. Excerpts of that interview follow:
Reprinted with permission of Seapower, the official magazine of the Navy League of the United States.