Let’s start out by talking about DSCA’s Vision
2020. Where are you in terms of the “
whole-of-government” approach to strategic alignment
in executing Vision 2020?
RIXEY: When we developed Vision 2020, we defined
the key terms, which is the community versus the
enterprise. The Vision 2020 is targeted for the community — the security cooperation community. So that’s
the 9,000 or so full-time equivalents that we fund and
write the policy on. This whole strat [strategy] plan is
written for the things we can control, the things that
are in our lane. The other definition is the security
cooperation enterprise, which is the whole of government. Vision 2020 is targeted to fix those things that
we can control.
Now, if you go look at the mission and vision state-
ments, the mission is to lead the community, but the
vision is to enable the enterprise. We’re hoping what we
do with our Vision 2020 objectives and goals and things
that we fix, will, in fact, enable the whole of the govern-
ment. If we speed up our processes, the things we can
control, it’s only going to help the rest of the enterprise.
When you go back and look at those eight goals we’re
working on — and 23 objectives — you’ll see they are
actually targeted specifically for the things that are with-
in our universe to control.
DSCA recently launched its initiative for “lead
nation procurement.” Can you explain your plan
and goals for that initiative?
RIXEY: It’s a pilot program. Normally, Foreign Military
Sales is a bilateral arrangement. If you look at arms
export control and the whole notion of it, it is a bilateral
arrangement. I think one of the things you look at in
Defense Security Cooperation Agency reorganizes,
realigns to make United States a better global partner
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is the Defense
Department’s lead agency for the execution of security cooperation
programs. DSCA facilitates the transfer of defense equipment and
services to international partners through sale, lease or grant, including the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, in response to urgent or
emerging requirements or capability gaps.
Leading that agency since September 2013 is VADM Joseph W.
Rixey, who has reorganized the DSCA so that it is aligned by region,
rather than function, to better understand and execute the full continuum of security cooperation solutions. In October, Rixey unveiled
DSCA’s strategy for the future, “Vision 2020,” which aims to position
DSCA “to play an active role in advancing the community beyond the
sum of its parts. The intention of this strategic plan is to leverage DSCA
resources both to build on the community’s strengths and address our
weaknesses in order to better achieve U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives,” he writes in his director’s message in the document.
Rixey sat down with Editor in Chief Amy L. Wittman to discuss Vision 2020 initiatives, the agency realign-
ment, building partner capacity and the challenges ahead. Excerpts of that interview follow: