We are trying to reach out and adjust to these new
environments, these new norms that I talked about
earlier, which is when you open up Vision 2020 we
talk about there it is, we get it. If we’re going to participate and play in the Foreign Military Sales world, in
particular, we’ve got to adapt.
Because you’re now reorganized regionally and
seem to have less of a stovepipe kind of organization, it’s probably easier for you to make
course corrections as you go, as things change?
RIXEY: Yes. Let me try to explain this. If you look at those
boxes right there, they represent human beings. The leadership is represented by the blue boxes on the top of the
chart [see photo below], those are my lines of accountability for rapid reaction. The boxes on the right … I
aligned this way along these lanes for rapid reaction.
What we’ve found out when we did this was it’s a
matrix organization, so this is my function. These are the
folks [boxes along the top of the chart] who do Foreign
Military Sales. These are the folks who do the country
finance. They’re responsible for staffing these IRTs
[Integrated Regional Teams], so they have to staff them,
make sure that they’re trained, standardized, know what
they’re doing. They’re qualified to do their jobs, workload
distribution. They’re running around with their hair on
fire and they’re making sure that things are operating
properly. If you asked me, “Who is working on this?”
Well, they’re not, because they can’t. There’s not enough
time in the day. They’re just trying to put out the next fire.
My accountability for all the process improvement
resides in these, right here [boxes on the far right of
the chart]. What we’ve found when we did this reorganization, we optimally staffed to run around with
their hair on fire, and when you look at how many
people are available to do process improvement —
we’ve got them. ;
Sea-Air-Space Exposition attendees can learn more about
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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency's new organization chart illustrates how the agency now is aligned by region,
rather than function, to better understand and address the full continuum of security cooperation solutions.