The Defense Security Cooperation Agency is exploring ways to streamline how it administers the foreign military sales program. The goal is to make the process of supplying international partners with military equipment more flexible and responsive, according to Vice Adm. William Landay, DSCA director. Landay said today’s FMS customers want their goods and services as quickly as possible—often to support current operations—while still getting the best deal possible. DSCA has 11 initiatives under way in this regard. Among them, the agency is testing a concept to get pre-approvals for requests for high-demand technologies such as remotely piloted aircraft, said Landay. DSCA is also exploring having stocks on hand of some of the highest-in-demand FMS items, such as night-vision devices, body armor, and radios, so that the agency can make deliveries quickly when formal requests come in. (AFPS report by Donna Miles)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.