Army Maj. Gen. Charles Hooper, formerly chief of the military cooperation office at U.S. embassy in Cairo, has taken a new role as Defense Security Cooperation Agency director, Defense News reported Wednesday.
He has also been promoted to the rank of three-star lieutenant general and succeeded Navy Vice Adm. Joseph Rixey.
Rixey, who led DSCA from September 2013 to July 2017, retired after 39 years of military service.
Hooper joined the Army in 1979 as an infantryman and later served in various assignments that include senior country director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia at the Defense Department; chief of U.S. Army International Affairs; defense attache in U.S. embassy in Beijing; deputy director of strategy at U.S. Pacific Command; and director of strategy, plans and programs at U.S. Africa Command.
As DSCA director, he will lead DoD’s point office for foreign military sales and programs designed to help address U.S. allies’ capability requirements or gaps.