The top uniformed officer over the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program will keynote an Aug. 3 breakfast forum hosted by Executive Mosaic’s Potomac Officers Club in Falls Church, Virginia to discuss the globalÂ arms trade’s current environment and the role of domestic industry in efforts to help defense agencies support security interests of allies.
Navy Vice Adm. Joe RixeyÂ was assigned to the director post at theÂ Defense Security Cooperation Agency inÂ September 2013 and leads the Pentagon agency responsible forÂ theÂ transfers of military-related goods and services to alliesÂ andÂ contacts between the U.S. and foreign governments under the FMS program.
DSCA also acts as the procurement agentÂ for U.S. companiesÂ whose products or services are requested by international governments viaÂ FMS transactions, which Rixey estimated toÂ Reuters as “tracking toward”Â nearly $40 billion for the 2016 fiscal year that ends Oct. 1.
Rixey toldÂ Reuters at theÂ Farnborough International Airshow July 13 that DSCA has started 40 new initiatives to help speed up the process for FMS transaction approvals in light of increases in demand for U.S.-built defense equipment and concerns from contractors over the time required to handle large volumes ofÂ requests for weapons.
High-profile defense analyst Loren Thompson noted in a June 22 column for Forbes that DSCAÂ receives an average of 140 requests to start arms sales per week and could have up to 10, 000 transactions in the process at a time as the agency works to coordinate sales with Congress, the State Department and other agencies.
The F-35 fighter jet, Patriot missile defense system and several types of missiles and bombsÂ areÂ among the most high-profile targets of weapons requests from overseas but thoseÂ represent only a fraction of the foreign military sales environment faced by DSCA and industry partners.
Rixey’s address to the Potomac Officer Club’s “International Military Programs” forum will be followed by other speakers to discuss today’s FMS picture and how U.S. defense contractors can support international defense forces under currentÂ weapons trade regulations.
Tom Vecchiolla, president of missile maker Raytheon‘s (NYSE: RTN) international sales organization, will offer his perspective from an industry point-of-view and give the GovCon executive audience a glimpse into what goods and services are in demand from industry.
Other government leaders invited to speak includeÂ Brian Nilsson, deputy assistant secretary of state for defense trade and regional security; and Keith Webster, director ofÂ international cooperation for the Defense Department‘s acquisition office.
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