By Mrs. Beth Clemons (ACC )December 3, 2010
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- On Nov. 29 the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command hosted a visit from Keith B. Webster, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation.
The primary goal of Webster's visit was to meet with USASAC's commander, Brig. Gen. Christopher Tucker, and discuss issues and goals of the Foreign Military Sales mission.
After his initial meeting with Tucker, Webster went on to attend office calls Maj. Gen. James Rogers, Aviation and Missile Command; Brig. Gen. William T. Crosby, Program Executive Office-Aviation; Col. Ole Knudson, Program Executive Office - Missiles and Space; and Lane Collie, Army Materiel Command-Forward.
Webster also held a briefing with the USASAC country program managers and country case managers in which he discussed the extreme growth of security assistance, the ongoing transformation of the program, and took questions from employees.
"This is an unprecedented time for security assistance. Sales have tripled in the last six years and we've seen 300 percent growth in sales," said Webster. "The growth and success of security assistance can be directly attributed three things: your [USASAC workforce] commitment, flexibility and perseverance to getting the job done."
Webster's trip was capped with a tour of the new AMC and USASAC facilities on Martin road.
USASAC implements approved U.S. Army security assistance programs, including Foreign Military Sales of defense articles and services to eligible foreign governments. The command manages approximately 4,400 FMS cases valued at more than $103 billion. USASAC also manages the Army's co-production program.