REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- America’s foreign military sales mission continues to be a vital component of Army Readiness and U.S. foreign policy, as evidenced by a Oct. 12 FMS seminar at the 2021 Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Expo in Washington D.C.
During the hour-long seminar, USASAC Commanding General Brig. Gen. Garrick Harmon discussed how FMS cases are executed to achieve strategic outcomes in a competitive environment.
“Our FMS cases provide capabilities to partners that support regional and global operations, enable national territorial defense, and enhance interoperability and readiness - all of which allows the Army to compete and deter effectively,” said Harmon.
Harmon was joined on the panel by DSCA Director Heidi Grant, DASA-DEC’s Elizabeth F. Wilson, and Army G-3/5 Deputy Director Col. John C. Moore. The panel was moderated by Col. Ken Burgess, the program manager for OPM-SANG, a USASAC subordinate command.
Harmon emphasized that the end state is "win in competition, crisis and conflict and that we're only going to do that with strong allies and partners."
He also stated that providing security assistance in the form of FMS remains a strategic imperative.
“Security assistance and FMS are key components of competition and deterrence,” said Harmon. “At a time of increasing levels of military competition around the globe, the important role of security assistance through FMS will continue to grow.”
Known as the “Army’s Face to the World” USASAC currently developing and executing over 6,600 FMS cases with 148 partners and agencies.
“At the end of the day, it’s not just about the dollars spent – but rather about the strategic effects and the impact on US, regional, and international security,” said Harmon.
By collaborating with many stakeholders to include Allies & Partner nations, industry, the ASA(ALT) community, and USG & DOD organizations, the enterprise is able to provide effective solutions to our partners’ security needs in the face of threats.
The AUSA Annual Meeting is the largest land power exposition and professional development forum in North America. The three-day event includes State of the Army presentations, panel discussion and seminars on military and national security topics, networking events, and a wide range of industry products, services and hundreds of cutting-edge, hands-on exhibits.
The meeting is one of the three key communication platforms employed by the Army to educate and inform government, academic, civic and veteran advocates and leadership on Army priorities and issues impacting today’s Army. This year’s event, themed “America's Army and its People, Transforming for the Future,” was held Oct. 11-13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
For full coverage of the 2021 annual AUSA meeting, visit https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/AUSA2021. For more information about USASAC and how it supports U.S. foreign policy, visit www.army.mil/usasac.