Office of Defense Cooperation

Background

ODC Brussels has played a vital role in strengthening the alliances between the United States, Belgium and Luxembourg since 1950.  The Armed Forces of Belgium and Luxembourg armed forces have acquired U.S. defense equipment through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) programs.  These procurement programs have enabled important contributions to European and international security from the Cold War-period up to the present time.  More recently, ODC Brussels has become accredited to the U.S. Mission to the European Union and conducts engagements with European Defense Agency and the EU Military Staff

ODC Brussels is located near the U.S. Embassy to Belgium, the US Mission to the EU, and the Belgian Ministry of Defense.  Brussels also hosts the European headquarters for many American companies, as well as the NATO Headquarters and the European Union.  ODC Brussels maintains extensive contacts with U.S., Belgian, and Luxembourgish industrialists who are looking for opportunities to strengthen the militaries of the United States, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

Mission

Our mission is to support U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives by enabling cooperation and interoperability of Belgian, Luxembourgish, U.S., EU and NATO militaries through the acquisition of U.S. defense goods and services, by supporting participation in international exercises and operations, and facilitating logistic administrative arrangements, and other bilateral agreements.

Responsibilities/Functions/Activities

ODC Brussels is a joint service office responsible to the U.S. Ambassador and the U.S. European Command.  The ODC administers U.S. Security Cooperation programs, Defense Cooperation in Armaments, and logistics planning within the Belgian and Luxembourgish defense acquisition and logistics environments.

Security Cooperation

Security Cooperation is a broad term covering all aspects of DoD’s engagement programs.  Included in these programs are Foreign Military Sales of U.S. defense equipment, military training, multinational exercises, and other defense related services.  Frequently, this involves the transfer of military and economic assistance through sale, grant, lease, or loan to friendly and allied foreign governments.  Transfers are carried out under the principle that if they are essential to the security and economic well-being of such governments and international organizations then they are equally vital to the security and economic well-being of the United States.

Defense Cooperation in Armaments (DCA)

In Belgium and Luxembourg, Defense Cooperation in Armaments is that portion of U.S. security assistance that encourages cooperative defense procurement programs between the U.S. and host nation governments or international organizations.  The three major DCA focus areas are U.S. industry to foreign government or international organization relations; foreign defense industry to U.S. government relations; and U.S. defense industry to foreign defense industry cooperation.  DCA efforts include the F-16 Multinational Fighter Program; bilateral research and development activities; Data Exchange Agreements; Foreign Comparative Testing; Engineer & Scientist Exchanges; support to U.S. defense industries seeking to do business in Belgium and Luxembourg; and assisting Belgian and Luxembourgish industry in marketing defense products in the U.S.

Logistics and Agreements

Logistics and agreements activities between the United States and Belgium and Luxembourg are wide-ranging.  These include planning/coordinating bilateral mutual logistics support arrangements and the transport of U.S. personnel and equipment through Belgium and Luxembourg.  In this function, the ODC serves as the point of contact for United States European Command (USEUCOM), its subordinate units (USAREUR, USAFE, NAVEUR, and SOCEUR), and the Governments of Belgium and Luxembourg for the establishment, amendment, negotiation and cessation of technical stationing and international implementing agreements.