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Lawmakers Demand U.S. Do More Than Just Criticize Saudi Bombing Campaign

Lawmakers Demand U.S. Do More Than Just Criticize Saudi Bombing Campaign | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
Lawmakers Demand U.S. Do More Than Just Criticize Saudi Bombing Campaign « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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Pentagon Fronts Bomb Buys For Allies Fighting ISIS

Pentagon Fronts Bomb Buys For Allies Fighting ISIS | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
A special budget account is being used to boost weapons production ahead of allies\' formal orders.
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When It Comes To Arms Exports, Canada Isn't 'Back'

When It Comes To Arms Exports, Canada Isn't 'Back' | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
Canadian-made military equipment initially sold to Saudi Arabia has been used in Yemen, where thousands of civilians -- many of them children -- have died. Canadian-made arms have also been used to violate the human rights of Saudi dissidents. Canada may even be at risk of complicity in Saudi violations of international law.
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The Scotland-Yemen Connection

The Scotland-Yemen Connection | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
Since 2010, the UK has licensed over £10 billion worth of arms to repressive regimes and dictatorships. This figure includes £7.3 billion worth to states
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If Chinese weapons are so great, how come hardly anyone wants them?

If Chinese weapons are so great, how come hardly anyone wants them? | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
Though most Chinese arms are better than what they used to be, Western, Russian, and Israeli weapons systems still outclass them. Most of what China sells is low-end kit and its main arms buyers ar…
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Block U.S. Arms Sales to Stop Indiscriminate Bombing in Yemen

Block U.S. Arms Sales to Stop Indiscriminate Bombing in Yemen | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
Last week, a bipartisan quarter of senators — Rand Paul, Chris Murphy, Al Franken, and Mike Lee — introduced a joint resolution to block the $1.15 billion sale of Abrams tanks and other major defense articles to Saudi Arabia in light of concerns about the kingdom’s actions in Yemen. In the House, more than 60 representatives signed a letter by Rep. Ted Lieu to President Obama requesting a delay in U.S. arms sales to Riyadh. With opposition to arms sales to Saudi Arabia growing, the administration should use its leverage to encourage the Saudi government to cease its indiscriminate bombing campaign and delay future U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia until such change occurs. The 18-month Saudi-led campaign in Yemen is believed to have resulted in over 3,800 civilian deaths and more than 6,700 injuries. US-manufactured weapons are being used to carry out the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen, and strikes have hit civilian targets, destroying schools, markets, hospitals, and factories. The United States is Saudi Arabia’s largest weapons supplier and it has provided logistical and intelligence support to the kingdom, along with billions of dollars in heavy conventional weapons. The Obama administration has prioritized Saudi Arabia’s special relationship with the United States and has requested a nominal $10,000 per year for International Military Education and Training (IMET) assistance so that Saudi Arabia can remain eligible for discounts on Foreign Military Sales. Since 2009 alone, the administration has authorized over $115 billion in sales of major conventional weapons to the Kingdom –including munitions, tanks, and fighter jets. While proponents of continued sales to Saudi Arabia provide numerous justifications, many of those do not hold up. Indeed, the oft-heard refrain, “if we don’t sell, someone else will” is used repeatedly – but just because we can doesn’t mean we should. Complicity in contributing to human rights abuses and a massive humanitarian crisis is not in the U.S. interest, even if the U.S. could lose sales (itself a specious argument). If the Chinese or Russians want to sell weapons that they know will be used to kill civilians, let them. The United States holds an estimable position and a certain moral authority when it comes to the global arms trade – in both its robust (and restrictive) arms transfer control system and its attentiveness to potential risks – and should not negate its core principles when confronted with potential competition. Congress rarely offers such a public critique of potential U.S. arms transfers, particularly to a close ally. The last time Congress successfully stopped an arms sale to Saudi Arabia was in the early 1990s, when fallout from the Gulf War led lawmakers to oppose a $20 billion arms package to the kingdom (the sale was eventually broken into smaller pieces; the transfer of some systems was postponed indefinitely). The administration already has the tools it needs to encourage the Saudis to act. The use of U.S. weapons in Yemen runs counter to the laws and regulations that underpin U.S. arms transfers – such as the Arms Export Control Act and Foreign Assistance Act, Presidential Policy Directive 27, and its obligations as a signatory to the Arms Trade Treaty. Congressional opposition shines a bright light on Riyadh’s conduct and increases pressure on the Obama administration not to accept “business-as-usual” for U.S. arms sales. The public display of disapproval takes important steps toward condemning and shaming the Saudi government’s behavior and encouraging a change to the air campaign. Moreover, if given the choice, governments want to purchase U.S. weapons and systems, as they are better and more effective systems. It’s also possible that munitions manufactured by other countries may not work in U.S. systems – as they were not designed for interoperability. Saudi forces have historically relied upon U.S. systems and are not trained on systems from other countries. Concerns that delayed U.S. weapons may impede Saudi Arabia’s ability to defend itself also fall short. The United States has sold billions of dollars in weapons to the Kingdom and has a long record of working with the Saudis to ensure security for the Kingdom and the region. That friendship and cooperation should not justify continued U.S. complicity in prosecuting a war that is harming civilians indiscriminately. As President Obama and his advisors consider their legacy, it is time to stand up to those that violate human rights with impunity. Without a concerted and public effort to delay future sales, the United States effectively legitimizes the Saudi government’s actions. Ultimately, the administration will need to make a political decision to utilize its leverage to influence Saudi behavior and better adhere to its own values and principles. Rachel Stohl is director and Shannon Dick is research associate of the Conventional Defense program at the Stimson Center.
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Poland to seek US approval to acquire Raytheon's Patriot missile defence system

Poland to seek US approval to acquire Raytheon's Patriot missile defence system | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
Poland is to seek approval from the US Government to purchase the Patriot air and missile defence system from Raytheon through the foreign military sales (FMS) programme.
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China's Biggest Ever Arms Export Deal: 8 Attack Submarines To Pakistan

China's Biggest Ever Arms Export Deal: 8 Attack Submarines To Pakistan | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
Pakistan will acquire at least eight attack submarines from Beijing in what is being described as the largest ever arms export deal for China.
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The US Defense Industry and the ‘Weaponization’ of American Foreign Policy

The US Defense Industry and the ‘Weaponization’ of American Foreign Policy | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
When you hear self-appointed experts on Russia banging on about how Russia is busy “weaponizing” everything from information to PhotoShop to Wikileaks to refugees to robotic cockroaches and Jedi mind tricks, one could be forgiven for wondering why the locus of their concern isn’t a bi
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The role of security assistance in Washington’s pivot to Southeast Asia - AEI

As part of the “rebalance” to Asia, the United States has initiated a number of promising maritime security assistance programs to aid overmatched Southeast Asian partners in resisting China’s maritime assertiveness. Just last month, the U.S. Coast Guard transferred the USCG Boutwell, a decommissioned Hamilton-class cutter, to the Philippine navy. A crew of 90 Filipino sailors is currently training with the vessel off of the coast of California, before sailing home in October. The Boutwell is the third cutter Washington has transferred to Manila in the past five years.
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Lawmakers Push to Block Saudi Arms Sale as Casualties Mount in Yemen

Lawmakers Push to Block Saudi Arms Sale as Casualties Mount in Yemen | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
Reports of civilian casualties continue to emerge from Yemen.
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Tech transfer, domestic production play growing role in arms deals

Tech transfer, domestic production play growing role in arms deals | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
Technology transfers and commitments to build and buy equipment locally have become key determinants in which companies win global arms sales orders, U.S. industry executives say.
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Turkey Invites Russian Bid for Air Defense Contract

Turkey Invites Russian Bid for Air Defense Contract | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
Turkish diplomatic and procurement sources said that the Russian contender was “invited” to make a bid again after Turkish and Russian presidents, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin met in Istanbul Oct. 10 on the sidelines of a global energy conference.
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Exclusive: Dozens of Afghan troops missing from military training in U.S.

Exclusive: Dozens of Afghan troops missing from military training in U.S. | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
Forty-four Afghan troops visiting the United States for military training have gone missing in less than two years, presumably in an effort to live and work illegally in America, Pentagon officials said.
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2016 Foreign Military Sales Totals Down

2016 Foreign Military Sales Totals Down | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
Sales dropped by about $10 billion from 2015 totals.
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Contesting the U.S.-Saudi Bromance With 1,000 Cuts - FPIF

Contesting the U.S.-Saudi Bromance With 1,000 Cuts - FPIF | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
There's a movement afoot in Congress to stop U.S. military support for the Saudi war in Yemen.
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BAE Systems to Provide Upgraded Self-Propelled Howitzers to Brazilian Army | Business Wire

BAE Systems to Provide Upgraded Self-Propelled Howitzers to Brazilian Army | Business Wire | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
BAE Systems has been awarded a $54 million contract to provide 32 upgraded M109A5+ self-propelled howitzers to the Brazilian Army.
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US approves record $38bn Israel military aid deal - BBC News

US approves record $38bn Israel military aid deal - BBC News | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
The US agrees a military aid package for Israel worth $38bn (£28bn) over the next 10 years, officials say, the largest such deal in US history.
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Boris Johnson says arms sales to Saudi Arabia will go on despite war crimes fears

Boris Johnson says arms sales to Saudi Arabia will go on despite war crimes fears | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
FOREIGN Secretary Boris Johnson yesterday insisted arms sales to Saudi Arabia would continue despite outcry over the kingdom’s role in the war i
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Javelin Joint Venture signs Letter of Intent with India's Tata Power

TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Javelin™ Joint Venture team, a partnership between Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Tat
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Air Force aims to hasten foreign military sales process

Air Force aims to hasten foreign military sales process | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
In remarks at the State Department’s Foreign Press Center in New York Aug. 17, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James outlined the Air Force’s multifaceted approach to expedite the service’s portion of the foreign military sales process. ,
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'Big 8' initiative, Army Operating Concept will build the future Army

'Big 8' initiative, Army Operating Concept will build the future Army | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, discussed TRADOC's perspectives on "Big 8" initiatives and how the Army Operating Concept will build the future Army during the 2016 Association of the United States Army's Global Force Symposium at the Van Braun Center, March 17.
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US Gives Preliminary Approval for Sale of Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia Worth $1.15B - News-Talk 1110 & 99.3 WBT

US Gives Preliminary Approval for Sale of Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia Worth $1.15B - News-Talk 1110 & 99.3 WBT | Security Assistance, Training and Export Policy | Scoop.it
(NEW YORK) --  The U.S. Department of State approved a possible sale of tanks, machine guns, ammunition, and other land force military supplies to Saudi Arabia worth $1.15 billion. The State Department gave its approval of the sale to Congress, which now has 30 days to review it before the sale can proceed.
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