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About Navy IPO

"The ocean connects us all, it sustains us all, and is the foundation of commerce upon which the world economy rests. Any security challenge that impacts freedom of the seas and the free use of the maritime commons ultimately affects the economic prosperity and stability of us all."

-Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, International Seapower Symposium 2009

Who We Are

The Navy International Programs Office (Navy IPO) manages and implements International Security Assistance programs, Cooperative Development programs, and Technology Security policy. As a reporting unit to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, we support Regional Combatant Commanders’ and Navy leadership’s efforts in building vigorous relationships with our maritime security partners around the world. We team with a wide network of U.S. defense industry and security community product and service providers, program managers, policy makers, and technical and regulatory agencies to support the defense requirements of our friends, allies, and coalition partners.

What We Do

  • Interact with foreign defense establishments.
  • Build defense relationships that promote specific U.S. security interests.
  • Develop allied and friendly military capabilities for self-defense and multinational operations.
  • Provide U.S. forces with peacetime and contingency access to a host nation.

Tools We Use

Navy IPO manages Security Assistance activities for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Navy IPO Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Security Assistance programs offer friends, allies, and coalition partners access to:

  • Ships
  • Aircraft
  • Shipboard and Aviation Weapons and Support Systems
  • Amphibious and Ground Systems
  • Communications, Command, Control, Computer Equipment, Information, and Electronic Warfare (C4I) Systems
  • Logistics Support
  • Training

Lean Six Sigma at Navy IPO

Navy IPO is aggressively pursuing process improvement using "Lean Six Sigma" methods. First, we focus on analyzing and understanding our processes, with the goal of eliminating or combining non-value added steps. Then, we focus on how to eliminate variation and defects in deliverables, in order to reduce duplication, waste, and cost while increasing quality and speed. Navy IPO has created a Lean Six Sigma infrastructure with the different "belt levels" and is actively working projects within this new infrastructure. Across the acquisition enterprise, moreover, there are collaborative government–industry projects that are resulting in collaborative opportunities and savings that benefit the Navy IPO international processes.

Connect With Us!

Navy International Programs Office
1250 10th Street South East
Building 200
Washington Navy Yard, D.C. 20374

Office Contact:
T: 202-433-6800

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