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Joseph Rixey: DSCA Starts Reorg Effort Amid Pressure on Counterterrorism Fight

Joseph Rixey
Joseph Rixey

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency plans to reorganize its bureaucracy in order to keep pace with other arms-producing countries , Defense News reported Monday.

Joe Gould writes DSCA is focusing the restructuring effort on a regional basis in which a strategic group reviews the requirements of the Defense Department, regional combatant commanders and international partners.

Vice Adm. Joseph Rixey, director of DSCA, told a defense industry event that arms buyers at present have a wide array of sources other than the U.S. for weapon systems, according to the report.

Defense News reports that threats from terrorism in the Middle East have bolstered demand for ammunition, ordnance, radars and humvees from Arabian Gulf nations.

“Just imagine what you need for the counterterrorism fight, that’s what we’re seeing a lot of pressure on, and they need it immediately,” Rixey said during the event.

DSCA is working to streamline the agency’s foreign military sales program and develop response strategies based on preditions of potential requests, Gould reports.

Rixey told the event that the FMS program hinges on a nation’s relationship with the U.S. as the federal government aims to bolster national security through a network of partnerships, the report says.

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