The DISAM Journal of International Security Assistance Management. Volume 23, Number 1, Fall 2000
DEFENSE INST OF SECURITY ASSISTANCE MANAGEMENT WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Our cover feature this quarter discusses the missions and functions of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command. With 35 years service to the international community, USASAC is the Army organization devoted to the broad range of security assistance materiel programs. It provides total security assistance program management, including planning, delivery and life cycle support of equipment provided to our international partners. In addition USASAC negotiates and implements armaments cooperation agreements, manages export licenses for the Army, and supports emergency assistance and humanitarian relief operations. Our lead article describes in greater detail USASACs involvement across a wide spectrum of international programs as the command leads the Army toward allied strength in cooperation. Each year we publish extracts from the Congressional Research Services publication on conventional arms transfer to the developing nations. This annual offering looks at the world trade in arms for the preceding year and puts it into the perspective of the last five years. Containing an analysis of both suppliers as well as purchasers, the report places the U.S. arms transfer program in the context of world trade in weapons. The security assistance organizations produce their engagement plans consistent with other strategic plans prepared by the military and the Department of State. In order that this planning effort not become a sterile drill but a useful aid in conducting business within the SAO, we offer a proposal for the planning process that will institutionalize strategic thinking.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics