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CRS Report on Export Control Reform - 3-5-2019.pdf
Congressional Research Service Report on Export Control Reform (Mar 2019)DoD; Multi Component
The CRS published a comprehensive report on the successes and failures of the former SecDef Gates/Obama Administration Export Control Reform (ECR) efforts conducted from 2009 onward.

The CRS Reports focuses on the progress (or lack thereof) made on acheiving the "Four Singles" of ECR:

- A single export control licensing agency for dual-use, munitions exports, and Treasury-administered embargoes
- A unified control list
- A single primary enforcement coordination agency
- A single integrated information technology (IT) system

None of these "Four Singles" were fully achieved, but substantial progress was made in several areas.
3/31/2019 6:27 PM
Conventional Arms Transfer Policy Implementation Plan Update (Nov 18).aspx
USG Conventional Arms Transfer Policy (CAT) Implementation Plan Update (Nov 18)DoD; Multi Component
The USG CAT Policy Implementation Plan addresses the increasingly competitive global arms sales environment described in the National Security Strategy, and seeks to modernize the U.S. Government’s policies and processes regarding arms transfers.

This updated Dept of State Fact Sheet describes three ongoing CAT Policy Implementation Plan Lines of Effort (LOE) designed to achieve USG CAT Policy goals. Each LOE is supported by a number of tasks that are currently being pursued by the relevant U.S. Government agencies, including USD(A&S), USD(R&E) and the Defense Acquisition Workforce.
11/9/2018 2:15 PM
US Arms Transfer Increase 13 Percent in FY 2017.aspx
US Foreign Arms Sales & Transfers Total $192B in FY 2017DoD; Multi Component
The State Department published a Fact Sheet on Nov 8, 2018 noting that authorized US arms exports rose by a total of 13 percent to $192.3 billion in FY 2017. 

According to the Dept of State, the FY 2017 increases in U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS), Building Partner Capacity (BPC), International Cooperation Program (ICP) and Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) of defense equipment and services have coincided with ongoing efforts by the USG (including the DoD Acquisition Workforce) to comprehensively reform and modernize the arms transfer process through the Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy initiative which began in April 2018. 

See the USG CAT Policy Implementation Plan Fact Sheet (Nov 18) on this website for further details regarding ongoing CAT Policy efforts by USG and DoD organizations and personnel.
11/9/2018 2:08 PM
RAND Report on SC Workforce Development  (2018).aspx
RAND Report - Security Coop Workforce Development (2018)DoD; Multi Component
This RAND Report entitled "Career Development for the Department of Defense Security Cooperation Workforce" explores several important research questions including:

1) Who belongs in the security cooperation workforce?
2) Which competencies are needed in the security cooperation workforce?
3) How can the security workforce be divided into different job families?
4) How much experience might be required at various stages of career development in the workforce?
7/6/2018 4:04 PM
RAND RPV Exports Report Announcement (June 18).aspx
RAND Report -- Proliferation of Certain Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (Jun 18)DoD; Multi Component
RAND recently announced publication of a report on the "Assessment of the Proliferation of Certain Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems" (Response to Section 1276 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017) on its website. 

This RAND Report explores five (5) research questions on RPV (aka Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) or "drone") proliferation in the global defense market, including the impact of U.S. Goverment (USG) interpretation of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) requirements and current USG export controls on RPV/UAS sales and exports.
6/20/2018 5:18 PM
Defense News 2018 Outlook - Jan 18.pdf
Defense News -- Annual Outlook 2018 (Jan 2018)DoD; Multi Component
Defense News Annual Outlook for 2018.  Contains various short articles by various senior leaders and commentators on international defense trends and developments to be mindful of during the coming year.
1/14/2018 12:36 PM
ATL Lord Article on Workforce Training - DN -11-10-17.docx
AT&L Lord Remarks on Security Cooperation University - 11-10-17DoD; Multi Component
AT&L Lord's discussion with Defense News on workforce training matters included a discussion of her views regarding DSCA's idea of establishing a "Security Cooperation University" as part of the SC Workforce Development Program (SCWDP) initiative (part of the FY 2017 NDAA's SC reform provisions).
11/16/2017 9:43 AM
FY18 NDAA Floor Summary Draft vFinal_0 p16.pdf
FY18 NDAA Conference Report Summary (Nov 17)DoD; Multi Component
Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Committee Report Summary published on Nov 9, 2017.  The FY 2018 NDAA contains additional provisions on Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Security Cooperation 'reform' on page 16.  One of the provisions would require DoD to "establish specific milestones and standard timelines" for future FMS transactions.  The Conference Committee version of the FY 18 NDAA is awaiting Congressional and White House action before it becomes law.
11/15/2017 9:45 PM
Section-901-FY-2017-NDAA-Report to Congress.pdf
Report to Congress on Restructuring the DoD AT&L and Chief Mgmt Officer Organizations (Aug 17)DoD; Multi Component
This DoD Report provides Congress with an overview of DoD's Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) and Chief Mgmt Officer reorganization plans.  Page 11 states that AT&L "International Cooperation (IC) will be assigned to USD(A&S), however, the roles and responsibilities assigned to IC will be further assessed pending determination of potential benefit of integrating with Defense Security Cooperation Agency."  No final decision has been made yet regarding this Security Cooperation-related aspect of the AT&L reorganization.
10/25/2017 4:00 PM
GAO - DoD Use of Performance Info to Manage FMS (Aug 17).pdf
GAO - DoD Use of Performance Info to Manage FMS (Aug 17)DoD; Multi Component
Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report: "Foreign Military Sales - DOD Needs to Improve Its Use of Performance Information to Manage the Program" of August 2017.
10/24/2017 10:01 AM
GAO - Security Assistance Ongoing Reforms (Nov 12).pdf
GAO Report - Ongoing DoD Security Assistance Reforms (Nov 12)DoD; Multi Component
Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report: "Security Assistance - DOD’s Ongoing Reforms Address Some
Challenges, but Additional Information is Needed to Further
Enhance Program Management" of November 2012.
10/24/2017 9:55 AM
Defense News Article - DSCA Security Coop Univ Plans (Oct 17).docx
Defense News Article - Security Cooperation University Concept (Oct 17)DoD; Multi Component
Defense News recently published an article on Defense Security Cooperation Agency's (DSCA's) 'Security Cooperation University' concept as part of DoD's overall efforts to enhance enterprise-wide security cooperation performance. 
10/23/2017 11:56 AM
GAO 16 80 Report Highlights on DAW Dec 15.pdf
GAO Report on Defense Acquisition Workforce (Dec 15)DoD; Multi Component
GAO recently issued a comprehensive report (GAO-16-80) that provides recommendations on "Actions Needed to Guide Planning Efforts and Improve Workforce Capability".  While this report does not specifically address the International Acquisition Career Path (IACP), it provides useful insights into current and potential defense acquisition workforce education, training, and qualification activities.  Report highlights are attached; the full text of this GAO report may be found at
10/18/2017 2:48 PM
trump-global-arms-sale - Politico Article - 9-29-17.pdf
Administration Arms Sales Policy ChangesDoD; Multi Component
The new Administration has tasked the National Security Council to work with State and Defense to review existing U.S. Government policies and practices in order to relax restrictions and promote expanded arms sales.
10/8/2017 10:25 AM