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Our Environment and Approach

"…no country alone can address the globalized challenges we collectively face."
2014 Quadrennial Defense Review

In order to establish and maintain the relationships so vital to our strategic interests, the United States must proactively meet the unique and dynamic needs of our partners. We best achieve our national security and foreign policy interests only by working closely with, and building the capacities and capabilities of, our partners. The U.S. remains the global provider of choice despite an increasingly competitive marketplace for defense articles and services. To compete successfully in the current environment, the Security Cooperation community must identify and process these needs and pull together the full spectrum of our programs and services into a customized solution compatible with U.S. national interests and law. Such convergence requires a more unified, whole-of-government approach – an approach mandated for the programs covered by Presidential Policy Directive-23 on Security Sector Assistance. This approach is particularly needed because of:

  • A more diverse, capable, and competitive international environment.

  • The increased connectivity of the global economy and information infrastructure and the requirement to adapt processes and priorities to unforeseen challenges and opportunities.

  • A complex legal and regulatory environment.

Our Workforce

Our workforce fundamentally enables our success. The past year has seen a renewed recognition of the criticality of a properly trained workforce. DSCA is leading efforts to revise how we conduct training across the Security Cooperation community – addressing required competencies and skills across positions and organizational elements, training and education options to deliver those competencies and skills, and certification levels and requirements. In addition, DSCA will implement overarching governance changes to better manage and execute this program.

These efforts have the support of the United States Congress, reflected in the thoughtful provisions in FY17 Authorization Bills. Though at the time this document went to print the precise legislative language was still under discussion and revision on Capitol Hill. The DOD leadership recognizes the need for workforce reform and that DSCA’s initiatives are consistent with this evolving consensus. The Security Cooperation community has the opportunity and momentum to make meaningful and lasting changes to our workforce architecture that will shape the community for years to come.

Our Framework

As we navigate this ever-changing environment, Vision 2020 focuses on three core, fundamental ambitions in leading the Security Cooperation community:

Synchronizing Security Cooperation Activities

  • Working closely with the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Security Cooperation, DSCA will lead the Security Cooperation community in better coordinating the delegation and sequencing of efforts, and in collaborating across the Security Cooperation enterprise. Its role includes advance planning and facilitating decision-making that addresses gaps, redundancies, and conflicts, and that achieves long-term objectives. It also entails building adaptability into our processes so the enterprise can anticipate and respond to emergent and dynamic requirements.

Meeting Customer Expectations

  • There is a customer in everything DSCA does, whether it be another U.S. Government (USG) organization, industry, or an international partner. The complexity of modern challenges requires tailored solutions that are artfully deployed. Properly identifying and executing to customer expectations enables the USG to find more complete solutions to its challenges while remaining competitive in the global marketplace. Our customers expect timeliness, accuracy in price forecasting, and effective coordination, particularly on logistics issues.

Ensuring Effectiveness and Efficiency

  • We strive for effectiveness and efficiency in everything we do. DSCA must draw on all its Security Cooperation tools to find the best solution for a given task – and it must do so while constrained by declining resources. DSCA will lead the community in the sustainable use of resources through business process improvement, modernization, and coordinated assessments of community effectiveness and efficiency.