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
Foreign Assistance Act of 1961
The Arms Export Control Act of 1976
Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs annual
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)
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