One of the less-well-understood missions of the US military is the provision of foreign military assistance. Join us for a real insider’s view offered by LTG Charles W. Hooper, Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
Charged with the development and oversight of security cooperation agreements and foreign military sales, this agency advances U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign security forces to respond to shared challenges. Through their efforts to train, educate, advise, and equip foreign partners, the DSCA’s role is to develop specific partner capabilities, build peer-to-peer alliances and partnerships, and facilitate U.S. military access overseas.
The Army’s senior most foreign affairs official, LTG Hooper has almost 16 years of security cooperation, security assistance, and military attaché experience. Throughout his career, he has served in numerous high ranking political-military assignments, including as the U.S. Defense Attaché to the People’s Republic of China, the Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Policy at United States Pacific Command, the Director of Strategy, Plans, and Programs for United States Africa Command, and Senior U.S. Defense Official/U.S. Defense Attaché and Chief of the Office of Military Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.
LTG Hooper is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Harvard University.