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Conventional Arms Transfer policy

Esper Presses Hard For New Civilian Casualty Policy

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“The US is doing far more than its allies in coming to grips with causing civilian harm,” a human rights NGO representative who has met with Pentagon leaders said. Still, the gap between government estimates and those from groups on the ground is often wide. 

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Arms Sales Way Up – But Trump Wants More

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The United States signed off on arms exports worth $192.3 billion over the past year, a full 13 percent increase from the previous year — even as the Trump administration keeps pushing hard to sell more weapons, more quickly, to more allies overseas.

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Meet the New U.S. Export Policy, And The Tariffs Complicating Things

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A slate of poorly understood new tariff and sanctions rules are complicating the Trump Administration’s own efforts to boost arms exports, even as sales of American-made weaponry blow past previous highs.

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Trump Loosens Rules on Drone Sales, Pledges More Arms Sales

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The new rules, which are still a work in progress, will allow for easier export of laser-designating drones, while shipping more and more weapons overseas to cut into Chinese and Russian sales.

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