Defense

October 12, 2012

Foreign Military Sales a billion-dollar business

Foreign Military Sales are big business to the U.S. Air Force.

Brig. Gen. James Haywood, director of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the overall administrator of a $128.3 billion portfolio supporting Foreign Military Sales to 100 countries and nine NATO organizations.

U.S. Foreign Military Sales include not only a variety of weapon systems but also dozens of customers throughout the world who speak myriad languages and observe a variety of customs. One partner, Singapore, which has four KC-135 tankers supported by AFSAC, is in a time zone that’s 13 hours ahead of Tinker Air Force Base.

“That’s an expected part of our business,” Haywood said during a trip to Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., Sept. 27. “Our foreign partners – even if they’re halfway around the world – want U.S. Air Force capabilities. They are our customers.”

Different customers have different questions, different interests, different concerns, different systems, different levels of involvement, he noted. “Whatever it might be, though, we’re more than willing to get and provide the information they think they need to have,” the general said. “We treat each customer as a valued partner.”

The general’s AFSAC staff totals about 600. However, much of the FMS activity is performed in program offices and sustainment offices, he said. When those personnel are included, the number triples to 1,800-plus, including uniformed military personnel, government civilians, and private-sector contractors, he said.

During his visit to Tinker, the general received several briefings on the FMS satellite office here. “I’m getting acquainted with the FMS-related activities here, what the satellite office does, who they interface with, and how they are able to integrate the FMS functions that occur here that are being executed at Tinker.”

The general flew to Hill AFB Sept. 28 for a similar briefing, and plans to visit Robins AFB “sometime soon,” to get familiar with the logistics complex and its FMS efforts. AFSAC has an SO at Hanscom AFB and maintains a close, collaborative relationship with FMS personnel in the Armaments Directorate at Eglin AFB.

The reorganization of Air Force Materiel Command will “improve our FMS information flow,” Haywood said. It will “streamline how we do our business.” Previously, “We had to go up the chain, over into any one of the former product or logistics centers, and back down, in order to conduct business.” Now, though, “We’ve got the FMS business largely consolidated within the LCMC. That makes it easy for me to communicate with the program offices that execute much of our work.”

FMS financial processes are being streamlined, too, he said. “Instead of dealing across centers, we’re now largely consolidated within one center.”

Haywood said he’s “waiting to see” whether sequestration will have much impact on his directorate. “It may ultimately affect our FMS business,” he conceded. However, he added, “Because our foreign partners pay to support and run the FMS business, in some ways we’ll be less impacted” by sequestration. “The FMS business is self-paying in that regard.”

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines August 28, 2014

News: After F-15 jet crash in Virginia, rescue helicopters search for pilot - Helicopters are searching for an Air National Guard pilot after his F-15 jet crashed in the mountains of Virginia this morning, military officials said.   Business: U.S. Air Force 3DELRR contract expected soon - The U.S. Air Force could award the contract for its...
 
 

News Briefs August 28, 2014

Russian directing new offensive in Ukraine The Obama administration believes Russia is leading a new military counteroffensive in Ukraine. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says Russia has sent additional columns of tanks and armored vehicles into its neighbor’s territory. She says the incursions suggest a ìRussian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in the contested e...
 
 
LM-C5

Double Deuce

A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the 22nd C-5M Super Galaxy from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Aug. 25. Aircraft 86-0011 was ferried by a crew led by Maj. Gen. Dwyer L. Dennis, Director, Global Reach Programs, O...
 

 
Northrop Grumman photograph

First ever RQ-4 Global Hawk hits 100th flight on NASA mission

Northrop Grumman photograph A historical look at the first Global Hawk (AV1) during its maiden flight over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Feb. 28, 1998. AV1 has made history again with its 100th flight in support of NASA en...
 
 

Northrop Grumman’s CIRCM system completes U.S. Army flight testing

Northrop Grumman’s Common Infrared Countermeasures system recently completed another round of U.S. Army testing by demonstrating its capabilities on a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter. The flight test was conducted at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., by the Redstone Test Center. The Northrop Grumman CIRCM system was subjected to rigorous conditions over a six-week period, after...
 
 
NASA photograph by David Olive

NASA completes successful battery of tests on composite cryotank

https://www.youtube.com/embed/qkGI6JeNY0E?enablejsapi=1&rel=0 NASA photograph by David Olive One of the largest composite cryotanks ever built recently completed a battery of tests at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Cen...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>