The US plan to prevent China from becoming an arms exporter
The Pentagon will accelerate the sale of military equipment to its partners and allies
The Pentagon of the US Department of Defense has formed a “Tiger Team” under the leadership of senior officials
Washington: The Pentagon has launched a massive campaign to accelerate US arms sales to allied nations to deal more effectively with China and replenish the arsenals of countries that have donated military hardware to Ukraine, the Wall Street reported. Log. The Pentagon set up a task force of senior officials last month to examine continuing inefficiencies in the sale of expensive US weapons to other countries. According to the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) database, the country has maintained its position as the leading arms exporter for a decade, now China is trying to catch up.
According to a senior defense official, the ‘Tiger Team’ task force will examine ways to streamline specific aspects of the Department of Defense (the Pentagon) program to deliver US drones, weapons, helicopters, tanks and other equipment highly sought after for partners and allies can be transferred quickly. Most deals related to arms sales to other countries are made through the Pentagon. The State Department oversees this and uses $45 billion in annual arms sales as a tool of its foreign policy to expand American influence. The US Congress ultimately approves all foreign military purchases.
U.S. overseas military sales drop 31% in 2021
Officials working with states interested in US arms purchases will be required to help formulate their requests, removing any policy or security barriers to the transaction process. These US officials will be tasked with streamlining the process and expediting deliveries with arms-buying countries.
The US foreign military sales program is often criticized for being slow. For example, the FMS deal value for 2021 was $34.8 billion, down 31% from fiscal 2020, when the total FMS value was $50.8 billion. The 2021 figures mark the lowest FMS sales since 2016.
The Pentagon changes its strategy to face the challenge of China
Foreign military sales programs may be delayed due to concerns about the transfer of “sensitive technology” to a country. To counter this, US officials will now examine a country’s military to determine if it has the personnel and security measures necessary to operate the machines. As China emerges as an arms exporter and challenges US influence, the Pentagon is focused on strengthening and accelerating its sales process.
Keywords: America, China, Pentagon
FIRST POST: September 06, 2022, 12:08 PM HST