Defense Security Cooperation Agency

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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) manages the sales of U.S. weapons to foreign countries. It also trains foreign military forces, either at U.S. schools or overseas using mobile training teams.[1] According to its website, it "provides direction, supervision, and oversight of security cooperation programs in support of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives; and promotes stable security relationships with friends and allies through military assistance."[1]


According to AllGov, "The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) works with many agencies in the Department of Defense and the Department of State to provide financing, resources and/or contractors for the sale of arms, defense technologies, training and other services to foreign governments. This agency was created to work towards security cooperation with other nations and has meant the controversial proliferation of arms and military training to non-democratic, oppressive governments. Prohibitions on arms sales and training are removed as they double international revenue for U.S. contractors and support U.S. national interests."[2]


As of August 2010:[3]

Contact details

2800 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-2800
Phone: 703-601-1646
Email: lpa-web AT

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  1. Defense Security Cooperation Agency profile, The Washington Post, accessed December 2010.
  2. Defense Security Cooperation Agency profile, AllGov, accessed December 2010.
  3. Org chart, Defense Security Cooperation Agency, accessed December 2010.

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