Vice Adm. Joseph Rixey, director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, plans to retire in July after nearly four years in the job, The Hill reported Wednesday.
He was originally slated to leave DSCA in September 2016 but was asked by the agency to extend his tenure to oversee reform of the foreign military sales process, according to the report.
Rixey assumed his current position in September 2013 after he served as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy for international programs and director of the Navy’s international programs office.
He began his military career in 1978 through the Naval Academy Preparatory School and was appointed as a naval aviator in 1986.
His previous ashore assignments include roles such as vice commander of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command; deputy program executive officer at the air anti-submarine warfare and advanced sensors programs; and maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft program manager.