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Mission of the German Liaison Office for Defense Material USA/Canada

The German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada represents the interests of the Bundeswehr in matters of defense technology and armaments towards the U.S. and Canadian armed forces, government agencies and industries. The transatlantic cooperation includes a wide range of defense-related technologies and various weapon systems.

About half of the agency members work in Branch Liaison Offices and Project Offices at U.S. agencies distributed all over the USA.

The German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada promotes armaments cooperation between the Federal Republic of Germany, the USA and Canada, its objective being to provide Bundeswehr military personnel and that of friendly forces with the best possible equipment.

It contributes to building up the mutual trust needed for effective transatlantic armaments cooperation by way of a continuous dialogue with the U.S. and Canadian partners.

Tasks of the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada

The range of tasks and activities of the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada is geared towards making the most effective and efficient use of limited national resources in bilateral cooperation. Thus, it serves to strengthen national military and industrial capabilities, to develop common standards and to produce interoperable solutions for mission-oriented equipment of the armed forces. 

Through maintaining regular contact with important defense technology institutions and organizations of the U.S. and Canadian armed forces, the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada makes an active contribution to the transatlantic cooperation. With its permanent branch offices at important technological institutions of the U.S. armed forces it is able to provide current inputs to the step-by-step implementation of Network-Enabled Operations and to mission-tailored Bundeswehr equipment.

By promoting cooperation and transfer of know-how the German Liaison Office consolidates the standards of performance in technology and science and, thus, the competitiveness of the Bundeswehr technical centers and research organizations as well as installations and institutes in Germany that work on scientific defense research projects. It regularly takes initiatives towards cooperation in the field of research & technology with the aim of concluding Data Exchange Agreements (DEAData Exchange Agreements) and Project Arrangements (PAProject Arrangements).

The staff of the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada cooperate in bi- and multinational project teams. They represent the German armaments organization in ad hoc meetings in the USA and in Canada and provide interdepartmental assistance in armaments industry affairs to German government agencies. The agency provides inputs to the efforts towards standardization of equipment and interoperability of the armed forces.

The German Liaison Office supports Bundeswehr procurement through Foreign Military Sales and represents German procurement interests in international bodies. For that purpose, it concludes procurement contracts with industry in the USA and in Canada and places orders for the repair of defense equipment in the USA. In this context, the German Liaison Office is responsible for government quality assurance with respect to U.S. and Canadian suppliers. 

The agency also coordinates and supports the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCTForeign Comparative Testing) program from the German side, which can serve to close equipment gaps in the U.S. armed forces with available German products.

Furthermore, the German Liaison Office promotes the preparation and conduct of exchange programs for Bundeswehr research and administration personnel with the U.S. and Canadian armed forces. This is an important factor in building up qualified human resources with international experience. Also, the agency organizes and supports the advanced training scheme "Qualification for Work in International Armaments Cooperation" in the USA.

Organizational Structure of the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada

The German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada is a subordinate agency of the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). Its headquarters in Reston, Virginia is located in direct proximity to the U.S. capital, Washington D.C.

It is organized into one administrative, one economic and three technical elements. The Branch Liaison Offices and Project Offices are organizationally integrated into the two technical sections 010 and 020. The Rolling Airframe Missile Program Office is exceptional because due to its importance and personnel strength it has been established as a separate section 040.

The four organizational elements of the German Liaison Office for Defense Material USA/Canada

Section 010 of the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada is responsible for liaison activities for airborne and naval applications, missile technology and general purpose technology and also for project work in the cooperation projects Patriot and Euro Hawk. 

Further tasks are government quality assurance with respect to suppliers in the USA and Canada as well as liaison activities with the American GQAGovernment Quality Assurance Authority, the “Defense Contract Management Agency – DCMADefense Contract Management Agency”. In addition, the Section provides support for the Foreign Comparative Testing Program and coordinates the personnel exchange programs.

Besides liaison activities in the technology fields of land equipment, reconnaissance, command, control and communications, Section 020 of the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada deals with project-specific tasks in the evaluation of foreign defense materiel. 

In addition, the section supports the cooperation projects “Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRSGuided Multiple Launch Rocket System)”, “Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDSMultifunctional Information Distribution System)” and “Global Positioning Systems Directorate (GPSGlobal Positioning System Directorate)”.

The emphasis of the work of Section 030 of the German Liaison Office is on the procurement of defense equipment and spare parts in the framework of Foreign Military Sales (FMSForeign Military Sales) and direct contracts in the U.S. and in Canada. Besides procurement, the German Liaison Office also places orders for repair tasks, carries out market analyses and price comparisons, manages disposal activities, provides interdepartmental support of a general kind and represents German armaments interests in international bodies. 

Furthermore, the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada conducts procurement activities to satisfy the demand of BAAINBw and other German agencies in the area of responsibility of the German Federal Ministry of Defense.

Section 040 of the German Liaison Office of Defense Materiel USA/Canada is an integral part of the US-German Rolling Airframe Missile Program Office (RAMPORolling Airframe Missile Program Office) in Arlington, Virginia. The authorized German representative for the RAMRolling Airframe Missile weapon system in the USA acts as Deputy Program Manager and is in charge of the German component of the bilateral project. Section 040 is responsible for the project in all phases from development to in-service use.

Besides its head office in Reston, Virginia, the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada maintains permanent Branch Offices at various U.S. armed forces agencies as follows:

The Branch Office of the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada affiliated to Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command / Air Force Research Laboratory (HQ AFMCAir Force Materiel Command / AFRLAir Force Research Laboratory) is located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. This is one of the largest and most important U.S. Air Force Bases and today accommodates the headquarters of the following U.S. Air Force facilities that deal with procurement, research and testing of defense materiel:

The Branch Office of the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada affiliated to the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRIProgram Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation) is located in Orlando, Florida. PEO STRIProgram Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation is a materiel procurement agency of the U.S. Army and equips the latter with training, test and simulation systems worldwide.

In Orlando, PEO STRIProgram Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation cooperates with all other U.S. armed services in the so-called Team Orlando which generates synergy effects in research, procurement and equipment of the U.S. armed services.

The Branch Office of the Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada at the U.S. Army Armament, Research, Development & Engineering Center (ARDECU.S. Army Armament, Research, Development & Engineering Center) is located at the Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.

This military installation in the north-west of New Jersey, covering an area of 26 sq km, plays a unique role for the U.S. Army. Almost all weapon systems and munitions used in the U.S. Army and the other U.S. armed services have their origin in Picatinny. Furthermore, Picatinny is the home of several other organizations of the U.S. armaments organization.

The Branch Office of the Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada affiliated to the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDECCommunications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center) is located in Aberdeen, Maryland. CERDECCommunications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center is a U.S. Army agency that develops and integrates electronic devices and systems for the collection, distribution and processing of information. The range extends from radio equipment to satellite communication and the use of commercial means of communication (e.g. smartphones) as well as from the connection of individual soldiers to information and command systems operating across multiple units.

The Branch Office of the Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada affiliated to the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATECU.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command) is located in Aberdeen, Maryland. ATECU.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command is the leading organization in the U.S. Army for the testing of weapons and munitions, employing approx. 9,000 service members and civilian employees of the government and of contractors. Within the U.S. DoDUnited States Department of Defense, ATECU.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command has the largest number of different test facilities equipped with state-of-the-art technology that are used for testing every kind of military hardware and software under controlled conditions.

Project Offices

The German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada has Project Offices for specific armaments projects at the relevant U.S. agencies. With the exception of RAMPORolling Airframe Missile Program Office, the Project Offices are organizationally integrated into one of the two respective technical elements of the German Liaison Office.

  • The unmanned reconnaissance aircraft Euro Hawk, which has been developed in the context of the Euro Hawk GmbH cooperation between EADSEuropean Aeronautic Defence and Space and Northrop Grumman, is supported by the German Euro Hawk Project Office of the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada USA in Dayton, Ohio.
  • In San Diego, California, the Project Office of the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada at the Multifunctional Information Distribution System International Program Office (MIDS IPOMultifunctional Information Distribution System International Program Office) manages the MIDSMultifunctional Information Distribution System program from the German side. This program caters for data radio systems with optional encrypted voice transmission and TACANTactical Air Navigation (Tactical Air Navigation) functionality and is already in the procurement, in-service use and upgrade phase.
  • The Project Office of the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada affiliated to the PATRIOT air defense system PO in Huntsville, Alabama, presently deals with a combat efficiency upgrade. It is aimed at expanding the system performance and the engagement range of the weapon system. The objective is an effective engagement of aerodynamic and tactical ballistic missiles by way of improving the radar equipment, the data exchange, the command and control capabilities, the interoperability and also by introducing a new missile.
  • The Project Office of the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel affiliated to the Rolling Airframe Missile Project Office in Crystal City, Virginia, is in charge of all activities associated with the development, manufacture and procurement of the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAMRolling Airframe Missile) weapon system.

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How to find the German Liaison Office for Defense Material, USA/Canada

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The German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada is located about 10 km from Washington international airport, directly at the road connecting the airport with the U.S. capital. (Dulles Access Road).

  • Take Dulles Access Road (Rt. 267) in the direction of Washington D.C. to Exit 13 "Wiehle Avenue".
  • Turn right at the traffic light onto Wiehle Avenue and then after about 150 meters turn left at the traffic light onto Sunrise Valley Drive.
  • Follow Sunrise Valley Drive for about 500 meters and then turn left into the dead-end street leading to the office building of the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada (signpost "Campus at Sunrise"). The agency is located at the end of the dead-end street.
  • Drive from "Capitol Beltway" (I 495) onto "Dulles Toll Road" (Rt. 267) and leave it at Exit 14.
  • After the tollgate, turn left onto Hunter Mill Road and at the next traffic lights turn right onto Sunrise Valley Drive. 
  • Follow this road for approx. 1 km and then turn right onto the dead-end-street leading to the office building of the German Liaison Office for Defense Materiel USA/Canada (signpost “Campus at Sunrise”). The agency is located at the end of the dead-end street.

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