NSA Mechanicsburg Community
Defense Security Cooperation Agency Information Management & Technology Directorate
Chief Information Officer
Al’ Tariq Samuels, DCIO
Policy & Planning
MISSION: Advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign security forces to respond to shared challenges. DSCA leads the broader U.S. security cooperation enterprise in its efforts to train, educate, advise and equip foreign partners.
DSCA administers security cooperation programs that support U.S. policy interests and objectives identified by the White House, Department of Defense and Department of State. These objectives include developing specific partner capabilities, building alliances and partnerships, and facilitating U.S. access.
DSCA integrates security cooperation activities in support of a whole-of-
government approach; provides execution guidance to DOD entities that implement security cooperation programs; exercises financial and program management for the Foreign Military Sales system and many other security cooperation programs; and educates and provides for the long-term development of the security cooperation workforces.
VISION: Delivers effective, enduring and timely partner capabilities that advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests. Effective capabilities are built with people, systems and institutions. Enduring capabilities are those that are collective, repeatable and sustainable over time. Timely delivery is based on responsive and innovative processes and authorities, advanced planning and efficiency in our work. Capabilities advance U.S. interests when they result in progress toward objectives in U.S. strategies and plans.
The Directorate of Information Management & Technology manages a portfolio of IT mission systems and services to efficiently enable the DSCA mission for the security cooperation community as outlined in the DSCA Vision 2020 document. IM&T is working toward integrating the security cooperation community with streamlined mission systems and information sharing practices to provide a near real-time view of enterprise community activities, to facilitate organizational learning, to enable strategic decision-making and to efficiently allocate IT resources to successfully support the mission.
IM&T’s organizational structure is aligned by function and highlights IM&T services such as customer and requirements management, portfolio management, application development and support, help desk support and partner relationship management. IM&T introduced its new organizational structure in 2016, showing a commitment to modernizing their approach, which is critical to improving support for the DSCA mission. By redefining IT roles and aligning them with strategic drivers, IM&T will better understand customer and partner priorities, identify gaps in customer requirements, and plan resources effectively.