DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY
MEMORANDUM FOR :
Revised Guidance for Stinger/Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) (DSCA Policy 03-10)
Recent world events, like the attempted shoot down of the Israeli aircraft in Kenya, the Global War on Terrorism, and 9-11 have dictated that the United States take the lead in addressing the proliferation of MANPADS. By direction of the NSC, the USG has made it a priority to adopt strict, global controls of MANPADS and its essential components, with the goals of strengthening controls in producer countrie5:, and greatly reducing the potential for unauthorized or unfavorable retransfer and misuse.
The referenced DSCA message lessened the annual Stinger annual inventory of 100 percent of Stinger missile stocks, in foreign countries to an annual inventory of five percent. DSCA has reviewed its current Stinger/MANPADS Guidance and has determined that the current requirement for the annual inventory of Stinger missiles stocks needs to return to the standard of 100 percent annually. This memorandum changes our policy accordingly and provides clarification on inventory reporting procedures and format.
The attached SAMM Change is effective immediately and replaces paragraph 20301.K of the SAMM (E-Change 45). If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact:
Tome H. Walters, Jr.
DISTRIBUTION LIST DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
SAMM Change E-45
Paragraph 20301.K is deleted in its entirety and is replaced as follows:
K. Stinger/Man Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS). Any transfer of Stinger/MANPADS must include the security requirements notes shown in paragraph 70105.L.9. The Implementing Agency will also ensure any foreign production agreements incorporate these requirements. The following procedures apply when (1) an LOA for the purchase of a MANPADS is accepted, (2) co-production arrangements are implemented, or (3) MANPADS are provided under the drawdown authority of FAA, section 506(a). (See section 1102 for more information on drawdowns.)