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Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)

DSCA directs, administers, and provides guidance to the DoD Components and DoD representatives to U.S. missions, for the execution of DoD SC programs for which DSCA has responsibility. DSCA ensures Secretary of Defense and USD(P) interests in SA matters are represented; identifies requirements, criteria, and procedures for the selection and training of personnel engaged in SA activities in DoD SC programs over which DSCA has responsibility; communicates directly with the Heads of the DoD Components on SC matters over which DSCA has responsibility; in coordination with the USD(P) and the USD(AT&L), as appropriate, supports the development of technology security and foreign disclosure and sales policies and procedures for defense information, technology, and systems; jointly establishes appropriate agreements and procedures with the Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and with the Combatant Commands (CCMDs) for Senior Defense Officials (SDOs) and Defense Attach├ęs (DATTs) to provide guidance and oversees SC programs for which DSCA is responsible, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations; approves, in coordination with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Security Cooperation Organizations (SCO) joint manpower programs involving the establishment of new SCOs or changes in manpower authorizations or organizational structure; jointly, with the Director of the DIA, approves changes to the grade or Military Department affiliation of the SDO or DATT; reports to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)) in the Defense Readiness Reporting System (DRRS) readiness of personnel for SA activities in DoD SC programs over which DSCA has responsibility; and acts as the Executive Agent for DoD Regional Centers for Security Studies. Authorities conferred on the Secretary of Defense by the FAA and AECA pertaining to SA and authorities under those acts delegated by the President to the Secretary of Defense are redelegated through the USD(P) to the Director, DSCA. See DoD Directive 5105.65.