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AUSA 2021 - US seeks new strategies to improve FMS

15th October 2021 - 12:45 GMT | by Flavia Camargos Pereira in Kansas City


In a panel discussion on FMS during AUSA, speakers underlined the need to win business in an increasingly competitive market. (Photo: Flavia Camargos Pereira)

Defence authorities in the US advocate faster and more flexible FMS processes and enhanced collaboration between the services and agencies involved in the programme.

The US federal government has been mulling ways of improving its FMS programme for partners and allies. In a panel discussion during the AUSA event in Washington DC on 11-13 October, there were calls for new strategies to maintain US competitiveness in the international market.

Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) director Heidi Grant explained that the US has to be more flexible with its allies since many of these countries are dealing with economic challenges.

In this sense, she said that enabling some states to spread the payment over several years would be beneficial for both sides.

Grant pointed out that the DSCA has been working …

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