C2.9.2. International Cooperation .
The globalization of today's
economy requires a high degree of coordination and international
cooperation. Consistent with possible information security and technology
transfer limitations, the PM shall adhere to the following guidelines:
C220.127.116.11. International Cooperative
Strategy. The acquisition strategy shall discuss the potential for
increasing, enhancing, and improving the conventional forces of the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United States, including
reciprocal defense trade and cooperation, and international cooperative
research, development, production, and logistic support. The acquisition
strategy shall also consider the possible sale of military equipment. The
discussion shall identify similar projects under development or in
production by a U.S. ally. The acquisition strategy shall assess whether the
similar project could satisfy U.S. requirements, and if so, recommend
designating the program an International Cooperative Program. The MDA shall
review and approve the acquisition strategy for all programs at each
acquisition program decision in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2350a (reference (aq)
), paragraph (e). All
international considerations shall remain consistent with the maintenance of a
strong national technology and industrial base and mobilization
capability. Restricted foreign competition for the program, due to industrial base
considerations, shall require prior USD(AT&L) approval. Results of T&E of systems using approved
International Test Operating procedures may be accepted without repeating
C18.104.22.168. International Interoperability.
The growing requirement for effective international coalitions requires a
heightened degree of international interoperability. Reciprocal trade and
international cooperative programs with allies and friendly nations serves
this end. Programs shall strive to achieve deployment and sustainability of
interoperable systems with our potential coalition partners.
C22.214.171.124. International Cooperation Compliance
C126.96.36.199.1. To promote increased
consideration of international cooperation and interoperability issues
early in the development process, the PM shall, at each acquisition
program milestone, discuss cooperative opportunities in the acquisition
strategy (10 U.S.C. 2350a (reference
C188.8.131.52.1.1. Provide a statement
indicating whether or not a project similar to the one under
consideration is in development or production by one or more major
allies or NATO organizations.
C184.108.40.206.1.2. If there is such a
project, provide an assessment as to whether that project could satisfy,
or be modified in scope to satisfy, U.S. military requirements.
C220.127.116.11.1.3. Provide an assessment
of the advantages and disadvantages, with regard to program timing,
life-cycle costs, technology sharing, standardization, and
interoperability, of a cooperative program with one or more major allies
or NATO organizations.
C18.104.22.168.2. PMs shall always give
priority consideration to the most efficient and cost-effective solution
over the system's life cycle. Generally, use or modification of systems or
equipment that the Department already owns is more cost- and
schedule-effective than acquiring new materiel.
Testing Required for Foreign Military Sales. An ACAT I or II system that
has not successfully completed initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) shall require
USD(AT&L) approval prior to any foreign military sale, commitment to sell, or DoD
agreement to license for export. This policy does not preclude
Government-sponsored discussions of potential cooperative opportunities with
allies or reasonable advance business planning or marketing discussions with
potential foreign customers by defense contractors, provided appropriate
authorizing licenses are in place.