DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY
MEMORANDUM FOR :
Letters of Request (LORs) (DSCA 02-19)
The Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process begins when an eligible foreign country or international organization requests information on defense articles or services being considered for purchase. Normally, this "request" is made using an official Letter of Request (LOR) submitted to the U.S. Government (USG). Recently, we have received questions regarding whether an eligible purchaser's Request for Proposal (RFP) equates to an LOR.
General policies regarding LORs are in the Security Assistance Management Manual (SAMM), paragraph 70003. The SAMM does not require a specific format for LORs. As long as the information is complete and submitted through appropriate channels as described in SAMM 70003 A. 1-2, the USG may accept it for possible action. This applies to requests provided through formal correspondence (e.g., letters or messages), RFPs, etc.
This guidance will be clarified in the next revision to the Security Assistance Management Manual (SAMM). If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact Mr. Steve Harris, (703) 604-6611/DSN 664-6611 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tome H. Walters, Jr.
Lieutenant General, USAF
SECRETARY OF THE ARMY FOR
DEFENSE EXPORT AND COOPERATION
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
DIRECTOR, NAVY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS OFFICE
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
DIRECTOR, DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
DIRECTOR, NATIONAL IMAGERY AND MAPPING AGENCY
DIRECTOR, DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION AGENCY
DIRECTOR, DEFENSE REUTILIZATION AND MARKETING SERVICE
DIRECTOR, DEFENSE CONTRACT MANAGEMENT AGENCY
DIRECTOR, DEFENSE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AGENCY
DIRECTOR, DEFENSE LOGISTICS INFORMATION SERVICE
DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR INFORMATION ASSURANCE, NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY
DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR SECURITY ASSISTANCE,
DEFENSE FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING SERVICE DENVER CENTER