Army Lt. Gen. Charles W. Hooper, the director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, discussed his agency’s role in the new National Security Strategy, and its role in ongoing reform efforts within the security cooperation enterprise during a Center for Strategic and International Studies panel event here Friday.
“The NSS directs the use of diplomatic, economic and military tools to assist and encourage aspiring partners to modernize, to create a network of states that advance our common interests and values,” he said.
IMPROVING BUSINESS PRACTICES
As part of the NSS, Hooper quoted Defense Secretary James N. Mattis: “When we pool resources and share responsibilities for our common defense, our security cooperation burden becomes much lighter.”
The drive for efficiency has become a significant portion of security cooperation reform for DSCA in an effort to improve DOD’s business practices.
“The improvement of efforts underway within the security cooperation acquisition and program execution are important components of improving the department’s business practices,” Hooper said. “We collaborate very closely across the department to analyze the timeline and milestones associated with the execution of foreign military sales and other practices in order to ensure priorities are being met.”
The overall goal of this reform is to reduce the duration spent between identifying a partner requirement and the delivery of a total package capability, he said.
To accomplish this goal, the general outlined several conditions necessary for success.
First, there is a need for a quality workforce, Hooper said, describing it as one that is fully trained, certified, resourced and managed.
Second, he said, there must be strategic guidance across the spectrum of security cooperation programs and activities that aligns with U.S. national security interests and foreign policy priorities and objectives. Read more