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Key Terms

The following definitions are provided for the purpose of clarifying this plan and should not be considered official definitions unless so noted.

Customer: Any entity or individual external to DSCA that relies on a Security Cooperation activity or process to achieve a specific output or a specific outcome (e.g. U.S., MILDEP or other USG agency, U.S. industry, or foreign partner).

Implementing Agency: The MILDEP or defense agency responsible for executing military assistance programs. With respect to FMS, the MILDEP or defense agency assigned responsibility by DSCA to prepare a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) and to implement a FMS case. The Implementing Agency is responsible for the overall management of the actions that will result in the delivery of the materials or services set forth in the LOA accepted by a foreign country or international organization.

Partner (also Partner Nation, Foreign Partner): An international entity – most often a foreign defense and security establishment – that is the beneficiary of Security Cooperation programs and activities.

Security Assistance: A group of programs authorized by the Foreign Assistance Act (FAA) of 1961, as amended, and the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) of 1976, as amended, or other related statutes by which the United States provides defense articles, military training, and other defense-related services, by grant, loan, cash sale, or lease, in furtherance of national policies and objectives (Source: Joint Publication 1-02, as amended through April 14, 2006).

Security Cooperation: The full continuum of activities undertaken by the DOD to encourage and enable international partners to work with the United States to achieve strategic objectives. It encompasses all DOD interactions with foreign defense and security establishments, including all DOD-administered security assistance programs that build defense and security relationships promoting specific U.S. security interests, including all international armaments cooperation activities and security assistance activities; that develop allied and friendly military capabilities for self-defense and multinational operations; and that provide U.S. forces with peacetime and contingency access to host nations (DOD Directive 5132.03).

  • Security Cooperation Enterprise: The network of entities engaged in any element of Security Cooperation programs, either as providers or as beneficiaries. This includes USG agencies, the United States Congress, foreign partners, and industry.

  • Security Cooperation Community: A subset of USG Executive Branch entities within the Security Cooperation enterprise directly responsible for managing or executing Security Cooperation programs or the policies that affect those programs.

  • Security Cooperation Workforce: Employees of USG agencies within the Security Cooperation community.