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Security Assistance

Security Assistance (SA) is a group of programs established by law that allows the transfer of military articles and services to U.S. allies and partners. SA is critical to our U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives around the world.

Security Assistance programs are authorized by three public laws:

  1. Foreign Assistance Act of 1961
  2. The Arms Export Control Act of 1976
  3. Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs annual appropriations acts

SA items and services can be transferred in various ways, via sales, grants, leases or loans to support the security and economic well being of our foreign customers.

In addition to military sales and services, security assistance programs at Navy IPO also include aid to victims of HIV, International Military Education and Training (IMET) and rescue missions. The Security Assistance Management Manual (SAMM) provides the policy guidance for executing Security Assistance Programs.

Our Security Assistance Directorate at Navy IPO (IPO-02) is divided into several Divisions:

  • Operations and Policy Division (02C)
  • Africa, North America, South America (250)
  • Europe Division (260)
  • Pacific Division (270)
  • Southwest Asia Division (280)
  • Saudi Naval Programs Office (290)

The Operations and Policy Division is responsible for Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) development and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) policy and procedures for the Navy. Each regional division is led by a Navy Captain and civilian Deputy. Country Program Directors (CPDs) in each division manage the portfolio of their cases for their assigned countries. CPDs are the primary points of contact for our foreign customers for all Navy FMS business, providing information and guidance, and tracking the development and monitoring case execution of Letters of Request (LORs) and LOAs for their customers. Working with the appropriate System Commander, our CPDs ensure that our customers' LORs contain all the information needed to support LOA development.

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