AIA Offers Recommendations for State Dept’s Action Plan for Conventional Arms Transfer Policy Implementation

The Aerospace Industries Association has called on the State Department to develop and implement a plan to speed up transactions that aim to help the country meet its security cooperation priorities.

AIA wrote a Tuesday letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying it made the recommendation in response to a call for feedback on the proposed action plan for the implementation of a presidential memorandum issued in April.

The presidential memo seeks to create a new policy on conventional arms transfers in support of the country’s national security and economic interests.

AIA recommends the establishment of “senior-level oversight mechanisms” to advance accountability for the assessment and approval of defense exports.

The association also offered specific recommendations such as the development of a financing process for defense exports; introduction of contracting reforms to the foreign military sales process; and creation of a program licensing framework to streamline defense trade with allies and partners.

Eric Fanning, AIA president and CEO, signed the letter with Thomas Kennedy, Raytheon chairman and CEO and AIA chairman; and William Brown, Harris chairman, president and CEO and vice chairman of AIA.

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