If the Trump administration is serious about changing U.S. arms sales policies, it should add much greater transparency into the arms transfer and monitoring process.
An administration proposal on firearms export rules could effectively undercut the important oversight role that Congress provides.
Fight Brewing on Saudi Arms Sales
Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain Should be Rejected
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.
While President Barack Obama seeks economic sanctions against Russia for its military intervention in Ukraine, the Defense Department is continuing to fulfill a $554 million contract with Russia’s arms export agency to supply military helicopters to the government of Afghanistan.