News Release, NAVAIR

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION, PATUXENT RIVER, Md.–International partnerships have many benefits for all parties, such as economies of scale leading to a lower unit cost for all partners, research and development cost sharing opportunities, keeping industrial bases operating, and increasing geo-political stability. To say that international partnerships are an important part of the National Defense Strategy would be an understatement.

The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson releasedA Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority, Version 2.0on Dec. 17, 2018. Richardson stated, “This update ensures the Navy’s alignment with the most current strategic guidance, assesses the progress made since Version 1.0, and validates the initial design’s characterization of the strategic environment.” Version 2.0 is structured along four Lines of Effort (LOEs). Version 2.0 updates the tasks supporting the LOEs to establish new and ambitious goals that will accelerate the Navy’s progress.

The CNO’s four LOEs are:

  • Strengthen naval power at and from the sea
  • Achieve highvelocity outcomes
  • Strengthen our Navy team for the future
  • Expand and strengthen our network of partners

Expanding and strengthening our network of partners is exactly what the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the NAVAIR International Programs Office and the NAVAIR Foreign Military Sales (FMS) workforce are doing every day. The International Programs Office mans, trains, and certifies the NAVAIR FMS workforce. It supports the Navy International Program Office (NIPO) strategic planning, and monitors FMS case development, execution, and closure.

The International Programs Office manages a portfolio of 85 countries and a value of $53 billion. Most NAVAIR PMAs have FMS activity, which translates to a robust execution of the CNO’s fourth line of effort and a tremendous contribution to the National Defense Strategy. 

The NAVAIR International Programs Non-Standard Team recently received an award for providing tremendous support to the Title 10 Building Partner Capacity program.

With such heady responsibilities and a portfolio of this magnitude, it is no wonder NAVAIR and its International Programs Office has Navy leadership’s attention. Rear Adm. Francis Morley, Director, NIPO, recently recognized the efforts of NAVAIR’s International Programs Office, and the superior performance of many members of the NAVAIR FMS workforce in an email to NAVAIR leadership. Congress closely tracks the obligation rates of all programs to ensure good stewardship of taxpayer funds. NAVAIR international programs ended FY18 with an obligation rate of 95%, which Morley called “outstanding”.

Morley stated, “we would like to once again take a moment to thank you and the team for your hard work and dedication towards the success of these programs”. Because FMS programs by nature involve support across the globe, these programs face obstacles others may not encounter as often. Acts of God, product shortages, and civil commotion are all normal occurrences that NAVAIR International Programs navigate with ease. 

In his email to NAVAIR leadership, Morley specifically praised NAVAIR International Programs, Tactical Airlift program office (PMA-207), Direct and Time Sensitive Weapons program office (PMA-242), Small Tactical Unmanned Air Systems program office (PMA-263), “and other supporting personnel for the efforts towards developing, implementing, funding and executing requirements”.

The production and sustainment process is further enriched by international partnerships according to Michael Sears, NAVAIR’s director of international programs. “This kind of recognition is important to NAVAIR as we look at supporting our international customers,” said Sears. “We are looking to reduce costs for all partners and the U.S. Navy through economies of scale.”

To learn more about our International Programs office and its role in promoting peace, stability, and economic prosperity around the world, watch our recent video on Connect at

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