Foreign Military Sales (FMS) is a fundamental United States (U.S.) foreign policy tool. The U.S. sells defense articles and services to foreign countries when it is determined that to do so will strengthen U.S. security and promote global stability. FMS programs are conducted through formal contracts or agreements between the U.S. Government (USG) and authorized foreign purchasers.
The FMS process is complex and challenging, and for a major weapon system sale make exist for multiple years. FMS careers can be found in areas of business development, requirements definition, case implementation and case closure. The FMS process is not a stand-alone arrangement. Instead, it overlays the existing USG domestic structure and may therefore require close coordination with USG domestic program counterparts.
FMS careers can encompass many facets of the overall FMS program, from program management, weapons system acquisition, financial and configuration management, integrated logistics support and engineering. FMS careers can also include strategic planning, policy development and implementation.
Currently providing FMS in the following capacities:
- Lot 90 Harpoon Production Program
- Harpoon Non-Asbestos Battery Production Program
- JSOW AGM-154C Block III Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) Production Program