WASHINGTON, August 19, 2016 -- The Department of State Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) have announced the signing of the first Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case under the new Lead-Nation Procurement Initiative as part of a series of improvements to be made to FMS processes as outlined in DSCA’s strategic plan – DSCA Vision 2020.
The FMS case, signed by the Baltic nations of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, involves the sharing of costs associated with the hosting of a senior U.S. Army officer at the Baltic Defence College located in Tartu, Estonia. Established in 1998, the Baltic Defence College serves as a Professional Military Education (PME) institution for senior military leaders of the Baltic nations as well as other NATO Allies. The three NATO Allies agreed in 2015 that the addition of a U.S. Army senior officer to serve as a course director would add a new layer and further enhance the already-strong relationships between the United States, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.
The Lead-Nation Procurement Initiative is intended to support sales to a NATO organization or NATO country with subsequent retransfer to an identified group of NATO countries (currently a two-year pilot program). Lead-nation procurements will be supported by retransfer arrangements designed to permit flexible sharing among the identified group of participants while maintaining accountability and adhering to statutory reporting requirements.
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