FMS Not Likely to See Reform in 2016

 

Apr 04, 2016 00:50 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

A lack of interest by Congress is likely to result in no meaningful reform to the foreign military sales (FMS) occurring this year, according to analysts and congressional sources. The process has been criticized by several parties including Pentagon officials, foreign leaders, and industry executives, but due to its complexity and global sensitivities to weapon sales, any reform will not be rushed. Calls to speed up the approval for sales has come at a time when several US partner nations have been buying equipment while participating in regional conflicts against Islamic State militants. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, however, which has oversight over foreign weapon sales, calls the complaints “part of the natural back and forth that occurs when a foreign nation wants a US weapon.”

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