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International Cooperative Programs (ICPs), sometimes referred to as International Armaments Cooperation (IAC), involves the establishment and implementation of defense acquisition partnership arrangements with allied and friendly nations and international organizations. Defense Acquisition Workforce personnel considering ICPs in areas such as technology projects and acquisition programs must take into account a series of complex national and international interrelationships. While the business is complex, the rewards are great. ICPs have the potential to significantly improve interoperability for coalition warfare, to leverage scarce program resources, and to obtain the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology from the global technology and industrial base.
International Agreement Neighborhood Watch (IA NW) Team Website
AT&L/International Cooperation and the DAU Defense Systems Management College (DSMC)-International faculty have established a separate International Agreement Neighborhood Watch Team Site to support DoD government and contractor support personnel responsible for the development, negotiation, and signature of DoD ICP international agreements. The IA NW Team Site may only be accessed by DoD CAC-holders on a 'need to know' basis. Consult DAU's IA NW Team Site Access and Use Instructions for further information. Contact InternationalHelp@DAU.mil if you believe you require access to the IA NW Team Site.
DAU Job Support Tools (JSTs)
The DAU/DSMC-International faculty has also developed four JSTs that are specifically designed to assist Program Management Offices (PMOs) and their supporting Integrated Product Team (IPT) personnel in the identification, assessment, development, negotiation, and implementation of ICPs and ICP international agreements:
- Our International Acquisition and Exportability (IA&E) Assessment JST and companion Acquisition Strategy – International Considerations JST focus on PMO-level ICP-related planning and analysis activities from pre-Milestone A through Milestone C.
- Our International Cooperative Program (ICP) JST provides practical advice to PMOs/IPTs on how to identify, formulate, discuss, negotiate, and implement various types of ICP international agreements.
- Our International Business Planning JST addresses PMO/IPT-level considerations for programs that are planning and implementing one or more ICP international agreements in parallel with potential or ongoing Foreign Military Sales (FMS) activities.
Performance Learning Support
Upon request, DSMC-International is also available to provide Mission Assistance support on a space-available basis to DoD Component International Program Organizations (IPOs) and PMOs/IPTs involved in ICP efforts. DAU does not charge DoD Components for faculty and staff time spent on Mission Assistance support efforts; it only asks that the organization requesting the assistance fund any travel or other incidental costs involved. Contact DSMC-I at the following e-mail address -- InternationalHelp@dau.mil -- if your organization is interested in obtaining ICP-related Mission Assistance support.
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