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An analysis of trends, changes, and policy developments in U.S. arms sales in 2019. 

A new report from the Security Assistance Monitor project of the Center for International Policy found that the Trump administration made $78.8 billion in arms deals in 2018, one-quarter of which involved the production of U.S. weapons overseas.

A report released today by the Center for International Policy’s Security Assistance Monitor finds that two-thirds of the recipients of U.S. counterterrorism aid pose serious corruption risks.  The report indicates that these risks are due to corrupt practicies such as favortisim and nepotism, bribery, theft of defense resources, and drug, arms, oil, or human smuggling. These practices can undermine U.S. counterterrorism efforts by weakening U.S. partner military capabilities and motivation and by aiding financing and recruitment by violent extremist groups.

We are writing to express our concerns about the U.S. Department of Commerce’s proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on May 24, 2018, to transfer certain firearms, guns, ammunition, and related parts from the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Munitions List (USML) to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commerce Control List (CCL) under a new 500 series designation.

A report released today by the Security Assistance Monitor program of the Center for International Policy documents over $80 billion in U.S. arms sales notifications to Congress during the Trump Administration’s first year in office. The Trump Administration total of $82.2 billion for 2017 slightly exceeded the Obama Administration’s total of $76.5 billion for 2016, and was more than $20 billion less than the peak year of the Obama Administration’s major arms sales offers in 2010.

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Recent Reports

Jul 22, 2020
In the wake of the long, drawn-out wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, American policymakers’ growing...
May 23, 2020
The Trump Effect: TRENDS IN MAJOR U.S. ARMS SALES 2019 A new report from the Center for...
Apr 4, 2019
Trump Administration Makes $78.8 Billion in Arms Deals In 2018 Sharp Increase in Deals to...
Sep 12, 2018
Report: Corruption in U.S. Counterterrorism Aid Programs Risks Undermining U.S. Security Risks...
Jul 9, 2018
  July 9, 2018 Mr. Steven Clagett Office of Nonproliferation Controls and Treaty Compliance...