Tag Archives: Foreign Military Sales

Lockheed, Air Force Start up F-16 Production Line to Support Foreign Allies; Col. Brian Pearson Quoted

F-16 Production

Lockheed Martin has opened a new production line for Block 70/72 of the F-16 aircraft to address the jet's growing demand from foreign military sales customers. The new production line will operate in partnership with the U.S. Air Force from Lockheed's existing site in Greenville, South Carolina, the service branch said Tuesday.

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Report: State Department Suspends Foreign Sales of U.S. Weapons Pending Biden Administration Reviews

F-35C

President Biden has halted U.S. weapons sales to foreign nations on a temporary basis to allow time for administrative assessments. In January 2021, Reuters reported that the United Arab Emirates entered into an agreement with the U.S. to purchase $23 billion worth of Lockheed Martin-built F-35 aircraft and a maximum of 18 drones. 

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Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper: US Offers Options to Foreign Arms Clients Facing Economic Challenges

Lt. Gen. Hooper

Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, most recently director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) and a previous Wash100 Award winner, said the U.S. government is offering options to foreign allies to keep them from dropping planned arms procurements as they deal with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DSCA’s Charles Hooper: FMS Procedures Progressed Since FY 2017

Lt. Gen. Hooper

Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) and a former Wash100 recipient, has said that U.S. foreign arms sales increased and acquisition procedures improved since fiscal year 2017. “Defense exports are driven by a rapidly evolving security environment and emerging threats," said Hooper.

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GAO: DoD Received About 3K FMS Price, Availability Data Requests From FY 2014-2018

A Government Accountability Office report says the Department of Defense received from 93 countries in the past four fiscal years 3,038 requests seeking information on the availability and price of U.S. weapons and services that could be procured through the foreign military sales program. GAO reviewed five examples of such requests to assess the timeliness of Pentagon’s response process and found that response times took between 45 and 320 days, according to the report published Wednesday.

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DSCA Reports 33% Increase in FY 2018 Foreign Military Sales; Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper Quoted

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has found that the U.S. recorded $55.66B in fiscal 2018 foreign military sales, reflecting a 33 percent rise from total FMS sales posted in fiscal 2017. DSCA said Tuesday the trend can be attributed to policy changes the White House has initiated such as the administration’s move to update the Conventional Arms Transfer Policy in April.

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GAO: DSCA Needs to Strengthen Oversight of FMS Program Expenditures

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Defense Security Cooperation Agency modify its strategy for overseeing operational expenses of the Defense Department‘s foreign military sales program. GAO said Monday it found that DoD lacks data to show how the department spends on military operations such as compensating program staff and …

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