The Navy International Programs Office (Navy IPO) is responsible for managing and implementing International Security Assistance programs, Cooperative Development programs, and Technology Security policy. Led by Rear Admiral Frank D. Morley and Steve Bowdren, Navy IPO is a reporting unit to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition and is an Echelon II Command to CNO; we support Regional Combatant Commanders' and Navy leadership's efforts in building vigorous relationships with our maritime security partners around the world.
Security Cooperation (SC) is a critical aspect of protecting U.S. interests and is an overriding goal of our organization. Navy IPO was established in 1989 to support the goals and objectives of friends and allies to build and maintain their defenses against common adversaries. Today, Navy IPO’s mission is to build, strengthen and maintain maritime partnerships while advancing interoperability with our network of nations that encompass the joint services, industry and international partners. Our SC programs continue to provide our maritime partners with access to U.S. defense industry partners and the means to obtain military defense articles, services, logistic support and training. Our cooperative programs leverage national research, development and manufacturing capabilities in areas of mutual benefit. The U.S. State Department manages defense SC efforts as part of U.S. foreign policy, but the goals embodied in today's programs are largely the same as they were in 1941: enhancing interoperability and strength through security assistance and cooperation with America’s international partners.
Due to the unique nature of our partnerships, we rely on a blend of SC programs and tools to support specific shared interests, such as foreign training, foreign visits, Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure, export licenses, Foreign Military Financing, and Excess Defense Articles, to name a few. There is a great demand for the SC programs that Navy IPO supports and the demand for worldwide arms transfers remains robust. There are some shifts occurring over who is buying and who is selling and it is important for us to be aware of the global defense market trends. Through it all, we ensure that the international acquisition programs we pursue for or with foreign governments support U.S. political-military objectives while ensuring that appropriate technology security is implemented.