The highest Pentagon official overseeing overseas arms gross sales introduced her resignation after simply 15 months on the job.
The announcement was posted on the Protection Safety Cooperation Company web site after Grant spoke Tuesday on the Affiliation of the U.S. Military’s annual convention in Washington. Earlier Tuesday, Grant mentioned the U.S. must weigh whether or not blocking an arms sale to an ally would immediate that nation to purchase from a “strategic competitor”—alluding to China and Russia, which she didn’t point out by identify.
“We’ve got to have a look at this and say, if we’re not there, our strategic competitors goes to fill the void,” she mentioned. “And is that riskier than transferring our high-end applied sciences?”
Grant, a profession civil servant who has spent the previous decade engaged on overseas arms gross sales and expertise switch to allies, particularly referred to as out the U.S. resolution to not promote drones to Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.
“Our insurance policies of the time had been, we’re not going to switch that expertise. So guess what? Our strategic competitor transferred that expertise, and have a big footprint of coaching bases for unmanned ISR in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE,” Grant mentioned. “It may have been us, we could possibly be there, we could possibly be coaching and advising, have that entry.”
With the U.S. unwilling to promote drones within the Center East, allies there as an alternative purchased from China.
“Contemplating strategic competitors was not a spotlight,” Grant mentioned. “It was about constructing accomplice functionality and capability to get after world challenges.”
After taking management of the White Home in January, the Biden administration froze numerous Trump administration-approved arms gross sales to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates over the nations’ function within the Yemen civil conflict. In August, Reuters reported the Biden administration would think about human rights considerations when deciding whether or not to promote weapons to an ally.
In August 2020, Grant turned the primary civilian to steer the Protection Safety Cooperation Company, which had beforehand been helmed by generals and admirals. As not too long ago as final month, Grant was telling colleagues that being DSCA director was her “dream job,” in keeping with an trade supply.
Whereas the White Home and State Division make arms gross sales choices, the Protection Safety Cooperation Company is accountable for administering and executing the gross sales. The director usually has a demanding journey schedule, assembly with allies and commonly attending arms and air exhibits all around the world.
“Grant had been contemplating this transition for a while and believed the second was proper after efficiently main DSCA to its full operational functionality part of organizational transformation on October 1,” the Pentagon mentioned in a press release. “DSCA’s new organizational mannequin will allow DSCA to function extra effectively and repeatedly meet the rising wants of its stakeholders in service of U.S. and accomplice nationwide safety goals.”
Grant will stay director via Nov. 6. Jed Royal, her deputy, is anticipated to turn into performing director on Nov. 7.