Mr Richard A. Genaille, Deputy Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) visits NSPA sites in Luxembourg and Hungary

19 September 2013

On 9 and 10 September, Mr Richard A. Genaille, Deputy Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) visited the NSPA locations in Luxembourg and Hungary. Mr Genaille, as the DSCA Director’s principal assistant, provides leadership, management, and oversight for the implementation of a diverse portfolio of security cooperation and partner capacity building programs including Foreign Military Sales (FMS).

During the visit to NSPA HQ, a general overview was provided on the Agency and its logistics portfolio. The FMS cases within NSPA’s Logistic Operations were discussed in detail and the excellent working relationship between NSPA staff and DSCA’s Country Desk Officer was highlighted. It was agreed that a Security Assistance Management Review (SAMR) will be conducted in spring 2014.  The SAMR will focus on improvements in FMS programme management within NATO.

After a visit to the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery, Mr Genaille, accompanied by the NSPA General Manager, travelled to Hungary the next day to see the NATO Airlift Management (NAM) Programme Office at Pápa Air Base. The primary purpose of the visit to Hungary was to discuss the cooperation between the United States Government and the NATO Airlift Management Programme. Mr Genaille noted:  “This visit taught us more about the requirements and the challenges that Multi-national Security Programs in general and the strategic airlift program in particular are facing”.

Mr Wiek Noldus, NAM Programme Manager, was pleased with the outcome of the visit:  “It was a great opportunity to share information and identify collaboration opportunities with DSCA. Our discussions also hopefully allow them to better understand the potential growth opportunities here at the NAM programme.“  The visit at Pápa Air Base ended with a windshield tour of the base and a visit to one of the C-17s.