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NAITA to Host FMS Industry Day with USASAC at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

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August 29, 2018
NAITA to Host FMS Industry Day with USASAC at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
HUNTSVILLE, AL August 23, 2018 – The North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) announces that NAITA FMS Industry Day will be presented on Thursday, September 6, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in the National Geographic Theater in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration in Huntsville. The NAITA Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Industry Day has been held annually for 10 years to provide the business community with an update on the security assistance enterprise and FMS opportunities around the globe. Major General Jeffrey Drushal, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Security & Assistance Command (USASAC), is the keynote speaker, and this will be MG Drushal’s first major speaking engagement in Huntsville since assuming command of USASAC in July. Following MG Drushal’s Senior Leader Perspective on Security Assistance, USASAC Regional Operations Directors will discuss FMS Across the Globe. An Export Control Update will be provided by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports & Cooperation (DASA DE&C). Nancy Small, Director of the Office of Small Business Programs, U.S. Army Materiel Command, will lead a panel discussion - Collaboration to Meet FMS Demands – with FMS small business success stories from Integration, Innovation, Inc. (i3) and PROJECTXYZ. The event will conclude with a reserved reception for networking with speakers, government representatives, and attendees following the event during the Biergarten in the Davidson Center at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
According to the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the sale of U.S. military equipment to foreign buyers has reached $63 billion in 2018, indicating a high demand for U.S. defense products worldwide and the need for policies that support foreign military sales. "The race we are actually running is a race for global influence, and for 50 years the United States has set the standard for the race in global influence," Dak Hardwick of the Aerospace Industries Association (who spoke at a recent NAITA World Trade Day luncheon) said. "The question that we have – and we think by some of these reforms we see are coming as part of the national implementation plan – is who is going to make the rules for global influence for the next 50 years?"
NAITA is pleased to partner with USASAC to provide this FMS update. Register at www.naita.org. Please contact NAITA at 256-532-3505 for further information and registration details.
The North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) is a business-driven organization committed to increasing knowledge, interest, and activity in international trade in North Alabama for 35 years. NAITA’s mission is to provide international trade advocacy, training, and networking to promote economic growth across North Alabama. Further information on NAITA and the conference is available at www.naita.org.
The FMS mission is a fundamental tool of U.S. foreign policy and will continue to play a critical role in the Army Operating Concept 2020-2040 by shaping the environments of geographic Combatant Command (COCOM) regions to build partner capacity. As Strengthening Partnerships is a top priority for senior Army leadership, USASAC's mission will bolster our nation's ability to fight and win our nation's wars today and into the future. USASAC currently manages more than 5,800 FMS cases in more than 150 countries with a total case value of more than $180 billion. For more information about USASAC, visit usasac.army.mil.

Amanda Berkey, Sr International Trade Specialist
(256) 532-3505