US outlines pillars of arms transfer policy as administration tackles offsets, exportability

09 August 2018

The US government has outlined the main pillars of its reforms to the country’s conventional arms transfer (CAT) policy, following the end of a consultation period to develop an implementation plan.

Speaking at an event at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC on 8 August, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs for the US Department of State Ambassador Tina Kaidanow said that the implementation plan comprised three main elements to provide a new integrated strategy for exports that aligned with the country’s national security and economic interests.

Initially, the plan calls for the prioritisation of strategic and economic competition of US industry in the international marketplace, through a “paradigm shift from the current reactive posture to a more proactive posture that actively develops partnerships and capabilities reflective of US strategic and economic objectives,” Kaidanow said.

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