Some U.S. lawmakers, troubled by civilian casualties in the Yemen civil war, are wary of lifting Obama administration’s hold on shipments.
Global trade in major conventional weapons systems reportedly has returned to levels last seen at the end of the Cold War.
If the U.S. is sincere in its desire to hold Saudi Arabia accountable, it can and should existing U.S. law and its signatory status on the Arms Trade Treaty to encourage better behavior.
A new presidential directive on conventional arms transfers emphasizes the prevention of human rights abuses and regional arms races.
The United States concluded arms agreements worth $66.3 billion in 2011, representing more than three-quarters of the total value of such agreements worldwide, according to a recently released report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
The Department of Defense is responding to congressional criticism of its purchase of helicopters from a Russian firm that also is supplying arms to the Syrian government, saying the aircraft are central to U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and have qualities that the alternatives do not
The Department of State last month announced plans to deliver military equipment and services to Bahrain despite ongoing allegations of human rights abuses by the Persian Gulf state’s government.