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Security Cooperation

DoD Security Cooperation is defined in Joint Pub 1-02: All DoD interactions with foreign defense establishments to build defense relationships that promote specific US security interests, develop allied and friendly military capabilities for self-defense and multinational operations, and provide US forces with peacetime and contingency access to a host nation.  DoD Directive 5132.03 provides DoD-wide policy and describes DoD organizational responsibilities regarding Security Cooperation activities.

DoD Security Cooperation includes International Armaments Cooperation (IAC) activities as well as the various elements of Security Assistance, including Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Building Partner Capacity (BPC).  Most DoD Security Cooperation policy, organization, and activities (other than IAC) are led and managed by USD(Policy) rather than USD(Acquisition & Sustainment) and USD(Research & Engineering), but many U.S. Government/DoD Security Cooperation activities are implemented through USD(A&S), USD(R&E), and DoD Component acquisition-related IA&E efforts. 

The primary source of day-to-day guidance on Security Assistance and BPC policies and practices is the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)-issued Security Assistance Management Manual (eSAMM).  FMS transactions are implemented through FMS Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOAs), often referred to as "FMS cases."  BPC transactions are normally referred to as "pseudo-FMS cases".  

DAU Job Support Tools (JSTs)

The DAU/Defense Systems Management College-International (DSMC-I) faculty has developed four JSTs that are specifically designed to assist Program Management Offices (PMOs) and their supporting Integrated Product Team (IPT) personnel in the identification, assessment, development, negotiation, and implementation of Security Cooperation-related defense acquisition workforce efforts:

- Our International Acquisition and Exportability (IA&E) Assessment JST and companion Acquisition Strategy – International Considerations JST focus on PMO/IPT level IAC, Security Assistance (FMS), and BPC-related planning and implementation efforts.

- Our International Cooperative Program (ICP) JST provides practical advice on how to identify IAC opportunities and establish/implement DoD Component ICPs from a PMO/IPT perspective.

- Our FMS - Systems Acquisition JST provides practical advice on how to integrate FMS systems acquisition-related activities at the PMO/IPT level.

- Our International Business Planning JST addresses PMO/IPT-level Security Cooperation planning and implementation considerations for programs with substantial ongoing/anticipated Sales and Transfers-related activity.

Performance Learning Support

Upon request, DSMC-International is also available to provide Mission Assistance support on a space-available basis to DoD Component International Program Organizations (IPOs) and PMOs/IPTs involved in Sales and Transfers efforts.  DAU does not charge DoD Components for faculty and staff time spent on Mission Assistance support efforts; it only asks that the organization requesting the assistance fund any travel or other incidental costs involved.  Contact DSMC-I at the following e-mail address -- InternationalHelp@dau.mil -- if your organization is interested in obtaining Sales and Transfers-related Mission Assistance support.


  
  
  
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Obs - Insights on US CoC Recommendations (Jun 18).pdfDAU Observations and Insights -- US CoC Recommendations on U.S. CAT Policy
  
This Defense Acquisition University (DAU)/DSMC-Int'l analysis provides observations and insights on U.S. Chamber of Commerce (CoC) recommendations on the revised Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy published by the White House on April 19, 2018.

The U.S. CoC issued a memorandum on June 8, 2018 with thirty (30) specific recommendations in thirteen (13) different CAT Policy -related areas for consideration by the White House and U.S. Government/Industry national security and defense organizations.
6/24/2018 5:00 PMLearning Material
DAU ICD Tool -- JROCM 025-19 Learning Content (Jun 19).pdfDAU ICD Tool -- Building Exportability Micro Lesson Chart (Jun 19)
  
This chart -- which is included in the DAU ICD Tool, Section 1 Operational Context Micro Lesson -- provides recommendations on how to address JROCM 025-19 Building Exportability guidance in JCIDS Initial Capabilities Documents (ICDs) for new DoD acquisition programs.

Visit the DAU.mil Requirements Management Community of Practice (RM COP) to access the tool or click on/paste in the following URL

https://www.dau.mil/cop/rqmt/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=/cop/rqmt/Documents/Launch%20Page/ICD%20Tool.ppsx&action=default

6/28/2019 4:32 PMLearning Material
International_Acquisition Taxonomy Input - FINAL - 12-5-18 (DSMC-I) (Clean).xlsxDAU Int'l Acquisition & Exportability (IA&E) Taxonomy (Dec 18)
  
DAU (DSMC-Int'l)  was asked to develop an IA&E Taxonomy as part of an overall DAU effort to improve the organization and searchability of all DAU.mil websites.

This MS Excel SS IA&E Taxonomy contains four levels of IA&E terms and definitions based on DoDI 5000.02 and DAG IA&E provisions.  Both the source document(s) for each IA&E term -- and a 'short form' definition for each term -- are included in the Taxonomy.   
12/28/2018 11:02 AMReference
Conventional Arms Transfer Policy Implementation Plan Update (Nov 18).aspxUSG Conventional Arms Transfer Policy (CAT) Implementation Plan Update (Nov 18)
  
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 PMReport
DFARS Final Rule on TINA Exemption for FMS Offset Costs 2018-14045 (6-29-18).pdfDFARS Final Rule on TINA Exemption for FMS Indirect Offsets (Jun 18)
  
The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS) Final Rule that exempts Foreign Military Sales (FMS) from the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA) requirements in U.S. law was published on June 29, 2018 in the Federal Register.
7/17/2018 6:19 PMReference
USA001568-18-DPAP (Class Deviation FMS KR Type) - Jun 18.pdfSection 830 FMS Firm Fixed Price Contracting - Class Deviation - DPAP (Jun 18)
  
This Office of SecDef/Acquisition & Sustainment/Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy (DPAP) Memo of June 28, 2018 provides guidance to the DoD acquisition workforce on the implementation of Section 830 of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) regarding Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contracting.

This DPAP Memo authorizes deviations from the Section 830 FMS FFP contracting guidance in two circumstances:

1) The FMS customer nation requests use of a different contract type in writing (which, in normal practice, would most likely be included in the FMS Letter of Request (LOR)).

2) It would be in the best interest of the U.S. and U.S. taxpayers as determined by the "Chief of the Contracting Office" based this DPAP Memo and DFARS PGI 216.403-l(l)(ii)(B) (e.g.., in situations where U.S. and FMS contracting requirements are being combined in a U.S. contracting action using contract type other than FFP to achieve optimal performance, cost, or schedule outcomes for the U.S.)  OSD/A&S/DPAP staff has confirmed that the "Chiefs" of local commands' Contracting Offices within the DoD Components (e.g., the various Army, Navy, and AF acquisition commands that routinely award US and FMS contracts) are authorized to make such determinations.

For further information regarding implementation of this guidance, consult the OSD/A&S/DPAP website, your DoD Component Contract Policy organization, and/or your DoD International Program Organization (IPO) .
7/3/2018 5:56 PMReference
USA001568-18-DPAP (SS KR Negotiations US - FMS) - Jun 18.pdfSole Source Contract Negotiations (US and FMS) -DPAP (Jun 18)
  
This Office of SecDef/Acquisition & Sustainment/Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy (DPAP) Memo of June 28, 2018 provides guidance to the DoD acquisition workforce on U.S. 'domestic' and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) sole source contracting efforts.

For further information regarding implementation of this guidance, consult the OSD/A&S/DPAP website and/or your DoD Component Contract Policy organization.
7/3/2018 3:44 PMReference
FY19 SenateDefAuthBill As Passed (HR 5515).pdfFY 2019 NDAA -- Senate Version (Jun 18)
  
The Senate passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in mid-June.  The International Acquisition and Exportability (IA&E) impact areas include:

Section 1639:  Mitigation of Risks from Foreign Information Technology Providers (Int'l Contracting)

Section 1654:  Israeli Iron Dome, David's Sling, and Arrow 3 Title 10 guidance and funding authorizations (Missile Defense Agency)

Title XVII, Sections 1701 - 1733:  Comprehensive modifications to the USG Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) and Defense Production Act modifications (Tech Security & Foreign Disclosure and Int'l Contracting)

Many observers are also surprised that the Senate failed to act on Administration proposals to change prior year NDAA provisions in the Security Cooperation acquisition and contracting areas that are problematic from a DoD acquisition workforce implementation perspective.

The DoD Security Cooperation community and U.S. industry are awaiting passage of the House Version FY 2019 NDAA to see if their change proposals in this area will be addressed.
6/22/2018 10:20 AMReference
RAND RPV Exports Report Announcement (June 18).aspxRAND Report -- Proliferation of Certain Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (Jun 18)
  
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 PMReport
NSPM on Conventional Arms Transfer Policy.aspxNew Presidential Policy on Conventional Arms Transfers
  
The President issued a National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) on the U.S. Government's Conventional Arms Transfer Policy on April 19, 2018.  Most informed observers consider this a more "forward leaning" Conventional Arms Transfer policy than the previous version.  The US Department of State (DoS) also issued a revised US Policy on the Export of Unmanned Aerial Systems on April 19th in support of the Administration's revised Conventional Arms Transfer Policy's implementation (also available on the ICOP).
4/24/2018 9:42 AMReference
US Policy on the Export of Unmanned Aerial Systems.aspxUS Policy on the Export of Unmanned Aerial Systems
  
The US Department of State (DoS) issued a revised policy on the export of Unmanned Aerial Systems -- also called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones -- on April 19, 2018.  The revised DoS UAS export policy was issued in concert with the Administration's revised Conventional Arms Transfer Policy also published on April 19, 2018 (also available on the ICOP).
4/24/2018 9:32 AMReference
TSFD Pipes Chart (.pdf version).pdfTSFD Pipes Chart (April 2018 Revision)
  
Revised version Department of Defense (DoD) Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure (TSFD) 'Pipes' chart which graphically displays key U.S. Government and DoD TSFD processes.  This updated version adds the Military Intelligence Disclosure Policy (MIDP) process, highlights those TSFD processes that have Interagency and Title 50 aspects, and shows the respective "pipe" responsibilites of the new USD/Acquisition & Sustainment (A&S) and USD/Research & Engineering organizations
4/2/2018 6:21 PMReference
DAU Defense Exportability Teaching Note - DSMC-I.pdfDAU Defense Exportability Integration (DEI) Teaching Note - Feb 2018
  
Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Teaching Note on Defense Exportability Integration (DEI) updated by the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC) International Acquisition Center in February 2018.  This DAU Teaching Note is used in various DAU International Acquisition Career Path (IACP) courses and is a useful reference on this subject.
2/19/2018 10:55 PMReference
DAU IA E Teaching Note - DSMC-I.pdfDAU IA&E Teaching Note - DSMC-I (Feb 2018)
  
Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Teaching Note on DoD International Acquisition & Exportability (IA&E) updated by the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC) International Acquisition Center in February 2018.  This DAU Teaching Note is used in various DAU International Acquisition Career Path (IACP) courses and is a useful reference on this subject.
2/19/2018 10:51 PMReference
DSMC-I Update and Best Practices Overview - Feb 2018 (pdf Version).pdfDSMC-I IA&E Update and  Best Practices Overview (Feb 2018)
  
Most recent Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Defense Systems Management College - International (DSMC-I) presentation on DoD International Acquisition and Exportability (IA&E) Learning Content and Best Practices Overview.  This 'about an hour' IA&E presentation -- which also includes background and reference charts -- is derived from various DAU DSMC-I course lessons and workflow learning materials.
2/17/2018 12:35 PMLearning Material
DAU Tech Security Foreign Disclosure (TSFD) Teaching Note - DSMC-I.pdfDAU Tech Security Foreign Disclosure (TSFD) Teaching Note - Feb 2018
  
Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Teaching Note on DoD Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure (TSFD) updated by the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC) International Acquisition Center in February 2018.  This DAU Teaching Note is used in various DAU International Acquisition Career Path (IACP) course and is a useful reference on this subject.
2/8/2018 5:45 PMReference
00 - FIRST for DAU - all audiences.pdfAF Security Assistance & Cooperation Directorate FMS Introduction to Security Assistance Training (Dec 17)
  
This Air Force LCMC Security Assistance & Cooperation Directorate presentation (Rev 1, Dec 2017) provides comprehensive Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Introduction to Security Assistance Training (FIRST) learning material useful to the Air Force and DoD Security Cooperation workforce.
12/12/2017 3:29 PMLearning Material
ATL Lord Article on Workforce Training - DN -11-10-17.docxAT&L Lord Remarks on Security Cooperation University - 11-10-17
  
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 AMReport
FY18 NDAA Floor Summary Draft vFinal_0 p16.pdfFY18 NDAA Conference Report Summary (Nov 17)
  
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 PMReport
FY 2018 NDAA - CRPT-115hrpt404 11-14-17.pdfFY 18 NDAA - Conference Cmte Version - 11-14-17
  
Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Committee version text of Nov 14, 2017.
  
- See Section 887 for a new provision on NOTIONAL MILESTONES AND STANDARD TIMELINES FOR CONTRACTS FOR FOREIGN MILITARY SALES.
- There are a number of provisions related to country/region specific Security Cooperation activities, including a new provision in Section 1259A. on NORMALIZING THE TRANSFER OF DEFENSE ARTICLES AND DEFENSE SERVICES TO TAIWAN.
- There is also a new provision, Section 1268., COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES REPORT ON PRICING AND AVAILABILITY WITH RESPECT TO FOREIGN MILITARY SALES that establishes new Congressional reporting requirements in this area

This Conference Committee version of the FY 18 NDAA is awaiting Congressional and White House action before it becomes law.
11/15/2017 9:44 PMReference
Defense News Article - DSCA Security Coop Univ Plans (Oct 17).docxDefense News Article - Security Cooperation University Concept (Oct 17)
  
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 AMReport
IAE Policy Update 08142017.pptxDAU ACQ 380 IA&E Policy Update (Aug 17)
  
This Defense Acquisition University (DAU) International Acquisition & Exportability (IA&E) policy update presentation summarizes FY 2016 and FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) changes that directly affect Defense Acquisition and Security Cooperation workforce members.
10/19/2017 1:33 PMPresentation
2017-07-26 SCWDP Interim Guidance (002).pdfSecurity Cooperation Workforce Development Program (SCWDP) Guidance (Jul 17)
  
This Acting UnderSecDef (Policy) Memo published on July 26, 2017 provides interim guidance on the development and implementation of a Security Cooperation (SC) workforce that leads and manages DoD SC activities, including Security Assistance.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is responsible for developing and managing DoD SCWDP efforts.
10/19/2017 1:32 PMReference
USA000140-19 TAB A USD(AS) Cybersecurity in KRs 1-21-19.pdfUSD(A&S) Memo on Cybersecurity in DoD Contracts (Jan 19)
  
This Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition & Sustainment) Memo of Jan 21. 2019 provides updated guidance to the DoD acquisition workforce on incorporation and implementation of DoD cybersecurity requirements in DoD contracts with private sector entities.  It assigns DCMA primary responsibility for oversight and validation of contractor compliance, noting that (in specific circumstances) other DoD Component organizations may also have oversight and validation responsibilities in contractor cybersecurity oversight.
3/1/2019 9:15 PMReference
USA003377-18 ASD(A) Cyber Security in DoD KRs 12-17-18.pdfASD(A) Memo on Cybersecurity in DoD Contracts (Dec 18)
  
This Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition) Memo of Dec 17, 2018 provides updated guidance to the DoD acquisition workforce on incorporation and implementation of DoD cybersecurity requirements in DoD contracts with private sector entities.  This memo provides guidance and a Statement of Work (SOW) template that should be used by the PM/IPT and Contracting Officer to implement OUSD(A&S) Defense Pricing and Contracting guidance issued on Nov 6, 2018 re: how to assess compliance and ensure the enhanced cybersecurity protections required by DFARS 252.204-7012 are implemented by DoD contractors.
3/1/2019 9:14 PMReference
DoD Guidelines for ITAR Exemptions (Extension) (Dec 2007).pdfDoD Guidelines for ITAR Exemptions (Extension) (Dec 2007)
  
Director, Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) issued an extension of the applicability of the DoD-wide Guidelines for Certifying International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR) in December 2007. 

This memo contains no substantive changes to the original March 2004 Director, DTSA memo on this subject,  Please refer to the original March 2004 DTSA memo (also posted on this website) for guidiance in this area.
2/15/2019 5:50 PMReference
DoD Guidelines for ITAR Exemptions (Mar 2004).pdfDoD Guidelines for ITAR Exemptions (Mar 2004)
  
Director, Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) issued DoD-wide Guidelines for Certifying International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR) in March 2004. 

DoD personnel (including acquisition workforce members) involved in International Acquisition & Exportability (IA&E) efforts should be familiar with these Guidelines and comply with them, as appropriate, if they are responsibile for ITAR certifications on their program, project, or activity.
2/15/2019 3:48 PMReference
Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy Implementation Plan (Jul 18).aspxConventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy Implementation Plan (Jul 2018)
  
The U.S. Department of State published a summary of the U.S. Government (USG) Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy Implementation Plan  on July 16, 2018.  CAT Policy implementation efforts are based on overall lines of effort and seven specific task areas, including Defense Exportability and USG support to Non-Standard and Non-Program of Record (POR) defense sales involving U.S. industry.
10/8/2018 5:29 PMReference
Conventional Arms Transfer Policy (Apr 2018).aspxUSG Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy (Apr 2018)
  
A revised  U.S. Government  Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy was issued by the White House on April 19, 2018.  The CAT Policy governs sale/transfer of U.S..-origin defense and dual use articles, services,, and information.  This revision places greater emphasis on USG/DoD support to U.S. industry in global defense acquisition cooperation and sales efforts.
10/8/2018 5:27 PMReference
RAND Report on SC Workforce Development  (2018).aspxRAND Report - Security Coop Workforce Development (2018)
  
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 PMReport
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