Responding to a request from a U.S. defense industry company, this joint State and Commerce Department letter indicates that foreign persons may determine the export controls of U.S. arms and military-related items controlled on the U.S. Munitions List or the Commerce Control List.
As the Obama Administration continues to loosen its arms export control policies, the United States may end up helping China modernize its military, according to a recent Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report. The study titled “Western Arms Exports to China,” which looked at the export policies and practices of Germany, France, United Kingdom and the United States towards China, encourages the international community to develop a more unified approach on the export of arms and military-relevant goods to China to improve control efforts.
The United States Department of Defense is pursuing a new strategy for the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program of government-to-government arms sales. According to a Defense Department news release, an October 1 strategy document is “aimed at making the foreign military sales (FMS) process more responsive to allied nations’ needs by creating teams that will work closely with regional partners.” One notable aspect of this initiative might weaken provisions in existing law that ban purchasing countries’ exportation of military equipment to third countries.
This report, which will be updated about twice yearly, provides an overview of U.S. policy
toward Latin America and the Caribbean, including the Obama Administration’s priorities;
examines changes in the region’s economic and political environment that affect U.S. relations
with the region; and analyzes U.S. policy toward the region and various recommendations made
by policy analysts and think tanks.
An overview of groups in the region on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations, Cuba's status on the terror list, and activities of Iran, Hezbollah, and other extra-regional actors.
For a Defense Department training-aid program: a list of countries aided; the type of training provided; the U.S. and foreign personnel involved; the relationship to other U.S. programs; the cost; the benefits to U.S. forces; and planned trainings for the next year.
A statement of the purposes for which this aid is provided, a description of the types of activities considered to be within the Section 1206 program's scope, a discussion of monitoring and evaluation, and a list of the primary security threats this aid intends to confront.
"A report on the proposed planning and execution of programs intended to be conducted or supported under subsection (a)(3) of section 1206 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006," which allows the Defense Department to provide aid "to build the capacity of a foreign country's security forces to conduct counterterrorism operations."
An overview of political and economic developments in Cuba, and U.S. policy.