By USASAC Public AffairsApril 8, 2011
The mission of USASAC is to implement approved U.S. Army security assistance programs, including Foreign Military Sales of defense articles and services to eligible foreign governments. USASAC is responsible for life cycle management of FMS cases, from pre-letter of request, development, execution, and closure.
The command manages more than 4,655 FMS cases valued at more than $121 billion.
USASAC also manages the Army's co-production program. In addition, USASAC is responsible for Army security assistance information management, financial policy, provides policy, procedure, and guidance to the Army security assistance community.
Today, the Command is increasingly responding to the Global War on Terrorism, support of U.S. government emergency assistance, humanitarian relief, and United Nations peacekeeping operations.
Security assistance is a national program supervised and directed by the State Department. In conjunction with the White House, Congress, and the Treasury Department, military security assistance programs are executed by the Department of Defense. Security assistance promotes regional stability, deters aggression, maintains alliances, enhances coalition partnerships, and disseminates democratic values between the United States and its allies.
In carrying out the Army security assistance mission, USASAC - "The Army's Face to the World" - calls on all AMC LCMCs, as well as other Department of Defense agencies and U.S. industry for support. Each sale of equipment to overseas customers comprises the same "total package" of quality materiel, spare parts, training, publications, technical documentation, maintenance support, and other services that AMC provides to U.S. Army units.
Strength In Cooperation:
- FY11: (currently) $10 billion
- FY10: $14.6 billion
- Interface and maintain relationships with more than 150 countries
- Employs more than 350 civilians and Soldiers
USASAC provides assistance under:
- Military education and training
- Peacekeeping operations
- Counter-terrorism assistance
- Counter-narcotics assistance
- Humanitarian efforts
Benefits of Security Assistance:
- One of the principal elements of the U.S. Foreign Policy
- Designed to promote regional stability
- Supports mutual goals and objectives
Worldwide Impact of FMS:
- Enhanecs POL-MIL ties
- Provides for military compatibility and interoperability
- Enhances defense industry interest of both nations
- Reduces production costs
- U.S. Army and DoD are strong advocates for U.S. industry
- Bottom Line: FMS impacts national security strategy goals
Military Sales Policies:
- The President certifies eligible countries
- Regulated by the Foreign Assistance Act and the Arms Export Control Act
- The relationship with the purchasing country is crucial...The U.S. desires more than just a simple buyer - seller relationship
- Each sales is made in accordance with the policies and strategic interests of the U.S. government (the U.S. government will neither make nor lose money)
- DoD promotes the acquisition of standard service configuration - U.S. industry does the marketing
- The U.S. government has no preference between military sales and commercial sales, however the U.S. Armed Forces have priority
- Materiel is either shipped from U.S. government stocks or from production - our goal is to field a total package and promote self-sufficiency
- Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
- New Cumberland, Pa.
- Fort Belvoir, Va.
- Saudi Arabia - Office of the Program Manager, Saudi Arabian National Guard
Liaison Officers Locations: