DSCA directs, administers and provides Department of Defense (DOD)-wide guidance for the execution of assigned Security Cooperation programs. DSCA issues are often complex, urgent, and span the phases of conflict from shaping the environment to enabling civil authority activities. The agency performs these activities by collaborating closely with the interagency, industry and partner nations. Moreover, DSCA seeks to maximize Security Cooperation program effectiveness and ensures that efforts align with national security priorities
DSCA released Vision 2020 in 2014 to position the agency to lead the community in support of U.S. national security interests and foreign policy objectives. To support more effectively the United States’ capability and capacity building efforts around the globe, DSCA Vision 2020 must adapt to the changing environment and global priorities. Our approach, however, remains consistent. DSCA assumes a three-fold approach to address strategic challenges: (1) synchronizing Security Cooperation activities, (2) meeting customer expectations, and (3) ensuring the effective and efficient use of Security Cooperation community resources.
Since 2014, DSCA has implemented 28 percent of the 78 initiatives from across the 8 distinct goals. The implemented initiatives directly affect how the Security Cooperation community operates by reducing cost, decreasing time across the lifecycle of an FMS case, improving the quality of our Security Cooperation programs, and adding greater transparency to our processes. Some of the most noteworthy implemented initiatives are as follows:
DSCA collaborated with its Military Department (MILDEP) counterparts to develop a process to share certain FMS case execution documents with partner nations. The increased transparency allows each partner nation more insight into the FMS process, which provides a greater understanding of the overall process and funding requirements.
During year one of Vision 2020, DSCA and the Department of State worked in partnership to develop a policy to support a lead nation process to allow certain countries to share defense equipment and training. Building on that foundation, we implemented the first FMS case under this construct earlier this year; several more such cases are in development. We anticipate showing positive, measurable results as this case matures through its lifecycle.
DSCA continues to work with the Security Cooperation community on the remaining 45 initiatives by concentrating its resources on those most impactful to our business. One of the most prominent initiatives going forward is the transformation of the Security Cooperation workforce. The community is a network of world-class professionals that operate at the nexus of defense, acquisition, and foreign policy. DSCA must develop and implement a comprehensive program to address the training and education, certification, assignment/placement, and long-term career planning needs of the DOD Security Cooperation workforce if we are going to perform at the highest level. Through a number of engagements with the United States Congress and our interagency partners, DSCA is now on a trajectory to develop this initiative with the full support of the Security Cooperation enterprise.
During this past year, the Security Cooperation community focused on institutionalizing those initiatives previously implemented and making important progress towards success for the remaining Vision 2020 tasks and our DSCA-assigned FMS Improvement initiatives (see the Appendix). However, the DSCA leadership in some instances either strategically realigned initiatives because they no longer support the dynamic Security Cooperation environment or adjusted initiative timelines to refocus resources on our most important tasks. Vision 2020 Update 2 reflects these changes made by the DSCA leadership team. We will remain flexible in this changing environment and be responsive to our customers’ needs and expectations as we make further progress towards fully implementing this strategy. Therefore, as circumstances warrant, DSCA may make further strategic adjustments to the remaining initiatives based on a better understanding of the Security Cooperation community’s priorities.
Vision 2020 is a strategy fulfilling our vision: Enable a whole-of-government effort to build and maintain networks of defense relationships that achieve U.S. national security goals. By maintaining our focus on synchronizing customer expectations, effectiveness, and efficiency, DSCA will continue to play a central role in the Security Cooperation community well into the future.