Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)
Ms. Heidi H. Grant, a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), was appointed as the Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in August 2020. She is responsible for the administration and execution of all DoD security cooperation programs and activities involving the provision of defense articles, military training, and other defense-related services by grant, loan, cash sale, or lease. Ms. Grant has oversight of over 15,000 foreign military sales cases with over 150 countries valued at $620 billion. She is also responsible for the certification program for a workforce of over 20,000 military and civilian personnel.
Ms. Grant, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, began her DoD career in 1989 after being accepted into the Secretary of the Navy Financial Management Intern Program. Since then, she has served in the Departments of the Navy and Air Force, Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff and two Combatant Commands with assignments from the Base level to Headquarters level, including an overseas assignment. Ms. Grant is a Certified Defense Financial Manager and has extensive experience working with government agencies, defense industry and international partners.
In 2002, Ms. Grant was appointed to the SES and assigned as Director for Resources and Analysis (J8) at Headquarters, U.S. Central Command, primarily deployed to CENTCOM's Forward Headquarters in Southwest Asia. She worked with senior military representatives from 65 countries in leading the Command’s resource strategy and analysis for operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. Ms. Grant became Director of Resources during the stand-up of Headquarters U.S. Africa Command in 2008. She was responsible for conducting strategic assessment and analysis, leading both personnel and financial programming actions, to prepare the command for current and future operational requirements in support of the Commander's emphasis on building interagency and international partnerships for global security. From 2010 through 2018, Ms. Grant served as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs. In this position, she provided oversight and guidance for Air Force international policy and programs supporting national security objectives through political-military affairs; security assistance programs; technology and information disclosure; education and training; cooperative research and development; management of the Air Force Foreign Liaison Office and attaché affairs.
Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Grant was the Director for the Defense Technology Security Administration. She was responsible for developing and implementing DoD technology security policies for international transfer of defense-related goods, services, and technologies. Concurrently, she served as the Chairman of the National Military Information Disclosure Policy Committee, responsible for the formulation and promulgation of U.S. National Disclosure Policy governing the disclosure of U.S. classified military information to foreign governments.