The US Department of Defense (DoD) is to finalise a new plan to reorganise the undersecretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics (AT&L) within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) into two new under secretariats on December 1, 2017.
The final reorganisation plan will focus on the establishment of International Armaments Cooperation (IAC).
The IAC will comprise a group of defence security cooperation programmes involving technical and defence industrial base cooperation.
It will focus on R&D, tests, the evaluation of defence technology systems and equipment, the joint production and follow-on support for defence articles, and the procurement of foreign technology and logistics support.
The IAC also allows scientists to exchange relevant research and technical knowledge, besides facilitating reciprocal exchanges of logistics support; and combined R&D projects.
The DoD provides maritime patrol assets to Southeast Asian partners in a bid to improve maritime security capacity of partners in the South China Sea.
Additionally, the US is responsible for actively training and arming a range of actors in the US Central Command (CENTCOM) region.
It is also responsible for key security objectives, including the Iraqi Security Forces, Afghan Security Forces, Kurdish fighters, and Syrian rebels.
IAC is anticipated to generate creative options to improve US partnership relations, partner capabilities and operational postures.