The Defense MOU Attachés Group Charter

Vision

The Governments of the Defense MOU Attachés Group (DMAG) have each established longstanding co-operative arrangements with the United States Government (USG) across a broad spectrum of defense activities. The vision of DMAG, which is a wholly Washington DC-based group, is to successfully engage with the USG, the U.S. Defense industry and Defense trade-related stakeholder groups to facilitate common solutions to common problems related to defense equipment co-operation and defense trade with the U.S.

Mission

To promote effective defense equipment co-operation and defense trade between the U.S. and the Nations represented by the DMAG members; and to strengthen DMAG nations’ military warfighter capabilities.

Roles and Responsibilities

The roles and responsibilities of the team and individual members include:

  • Exchanging ideas and experiences and identifying common problems inhibiting effective defense equipment co-operation and defense trade with the U.S. and informing their national military and civilian policy makers of such activities;

  • Engaging with the key U.S. players to improve the DMAG’s understanding of the USG’s position of such problems;

  • Co-developing common strategies directed towards influencing and securing changes necessary to overcome such problems, but without prejudice to national positions and policies; and

  • Engaging, where appropriate and as agreed, in the process of securing such changes to the mutual benefit of the nations represented by the DMAG.

  • Researching common issues and setting course of action as required by the Group

  • [Lobbying on specific issues identified by the Group]

 

Implementation

Annex A attached describes mechanisms for implementation and may be modified as required.

Definitions

  •  A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the context of the DMAG is a “reciprocal defense procurement (RDP) and acquisition policy” arrangement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). According to the U.S. Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations System (DFARS) 225.872-1, countries with which the U.S. DoD has these MOUs are considered "qualifying countries".

  • Members are Washington DC-based representatives of the countries that have these RDP MOUs with the U.S. DoD. These are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

Scope of Work

  • Develop and maintain networks of officials in U.S. Congressional and USG offices on whom the DMAG can call for outreach and advocacy purposes;

  • Contribute to the efforts to reform the current export control system including, but not limited to, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITARs), FMS and DCS Third Party Transfers and dual national / third country national-related issues;

  • Review and analyze the effect of U.S. laws and policies that impact on defense cooperation and trade with DMAG nations and make follow-up recommendations;

  • Collaborate with the Foreign Procurement Group, if and where so required by the DMAG; ;

  • Contribute to the efforts to promote competitive international solutions to meet the U.S. DoD capability requirements.

Criteria for Success

  • Wide adoption of the DMAG charter;

  • Increase in mutual defense trade and cooperation between US and DMAG Members;

  • Responsive network of U.S. Congressional and USG officials (e.g., greater participation at Roundtables on Defense Cooperation and Trade);

  • Changes to the export control system that ease restrictions on DMAG countries; and

  • Demonstration of influence on new defense-related legislative proposals.

Governance

  • Chair may  be provided by the Netherlands, subject to the provisions of the final bullet;;

  • The Vice  Chair will be nominated from the DMAG membership and must be an active member of the Foreign Procurement Group (FPG)

  • The Secretary  may be provided by Canada, subject to the provisions of the final bullet;

  • The DMAG members will  review the DMAG Charter in January of each year and confirm the positions of Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary

Priorities of the DMAG, Financial Responsibilities and Oversight

  • The financial responsibilities of the Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary are subject to oversight from the DMAG members. To that end, the DMAG members will select in January of each year at least two Members for oversight responsibilities;

  • Oversight responsibilities include a check of the financial records and an annual report to the DMAG in January of each year;

  • The DMAG members will review their priorities annually and discuss the use of the DMAG budget in view of these priorities

Relationship with other Organizations

  • DMAG coordinates with the Foreign Procurement Group (FPG), including the Metrics Working Group, the Foreign Commercial Procurement Working Group (FCPWG) and the International Customers User Group (ICUG);

  • The DMAG works in partnership with organizations that provide analysis and policy recommendations on issues affecting the global defense industrial base including, but not limited to, the Defense Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) of The Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), Janes’ Advisory Group and Industry Associations (e.g., the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, the NATO Industrial Advisory Group).

DMAG Membership commitments

  • Each member nation will pay a $150.00 annual membership fee. When the member leaves, the membership passes to the replacement.

  • Participation: Members will participate in monthly DMAG meetings and in other opportunities for outreach events with the US Government,.

  • Contribution: Members will provide input to papers, letters and records of decision and will provide responses to questions from DMAG members by the requested deadline.

  • Hosting: Members will take turns hosting DMAG meetings.

Deliverables

  • Record of Decisions from DMAG meetings.

  • Advocacy documents including letters to U.S. officials and white papers on defense trade-related issues