WASHINGTON ― The director of the Pentagon agency in charge of foreign military sales is stepping down after 15 months in the role.
Defense Security Cooperation Agency Director Heidi Grant will be succeeded Nov. 7 by Deputy Director Jed Royal on an acting basis, the agency announced Wednesday. Grant, a longtime Air Force official and was the first civilian to run DSCA since it was created in 1998, is retiring after 32 years in government.
DSCA’s announcement came a day after Grant said America’s strategic competition with Russia and China should weigh on U.S. decisions to sell arms to foreign partners, though she didn’t mention the two countries by name. She called strategic competition “a new lens for us.”
Speaking on a panel at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting, Grant voiced frustration with a years old U.S. decision not to sell drones to the United Arab Emirates and other Mideast allies, which allowed China to sell them intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance drones instead.
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