maritime in order to derive context and priorities in
these cases as well.
As we manage security cooperation programs, we
must always seek ways to reduce costs for the U.S.
government and our international partners. Within
the context of the industrial base, we seek cost syn-ergies with shared production efforts, long-term
capability investment partners and other business-related priorities and benefits. We strive for ways
to reduce unit costs and seek other ways to offset
DoN [Department of Navy] procurement or sustainment costs, such as achieving cost avoidance through
combined spares procurement, dual sourcing, cooperative development, mitigation of known and future
obsolescence issues, and sustaining engineering or
production line sustainment.
The global security challenges, mutually shared
interests of our partners and fiscal realities require
a need to align and prioritize our collective efforts.
Navy IPO has always seen the importance of partnerships, and while the roadmap concept is not original
in theory, I do believe it will help assist in aligning the
variety of stakeholders.
In which types of platforms or
systems are foreign nations
showing the most interest?
MORLEY: There is no one-size-fits-all answer. All partners have
their own unique security challenges and associated needs. U.S.
solutions provide exemplary performance and reliability, are field
proven and include a full-spectrum
approach to include spare parts,
training and follow-on support.
Collectively, we all want interoperability. Today’s complex, connected
environment demands this.
What ship classes show
potential in FMS now
that the Perry class has
MORLEY: One of the most noteworthy surface-related programs
that comes to mind is the Aegis
Combat Management System.
Various nations are recognizing the
What is the trend of FMS?
value of increased interoperability/
capability, and are investing appro-
priately. The significance of that
foreign investment directly adds
to our global maritime partnership capability through
increased capacity and interoperability.
MORLEY: Since about 2005, U.S. Navy, Marine Corps
and Coast Guard FMS sales agreements have averaged
approximately $5 billion per year. In 2015 and 2016,
however, we experienced larger-than-typical years with
just over $9 billion and $11.5 billion, respectively, in
sales agreements. This year looks like it will be about the
same. We are not certain if this is an anomaly or a new
normal. Many factors go into a sovereign nation’s decision to acquire additional military capability, so it will
take a few more years before we know if this is a trend.
To what degree is foreign competition impacting
FMS and what areas are the most competitive?
MORLEY: There is a great demand for the security
cooperation programs that Navy IPO supports, and the
demand for worldwide security cooperation remains
robust. We approach security cooperation uniquely. As
mentioned, we have a total package, or full-spectrum
Then-Capt. Francis D. Morley speaks during a panel at the 2016 Sea-Air-Space Exposition in
National Harbor, Md., while in his previous position as vice commander of Naval Air Systems
Command. Now a rear admiral, Morley assumed the post of deputy assistant secretary of
the Navy for International Programs/director, Navy International Programs, in September. At
Morley’s left is Brig Gen. Joseph F. Schrader, commander, Marine Corps Systems Command.