Report: Foreign Military Sales Reform Unlikely This Year

Posted April 4, 2016 at 5:52am

Defense News reports that “despite calls from Pentagon officials, foreign leaders and industry executives that the foreign military sales (FMS) process must be changed, the Congress appears highly unlikely to take up any such efforts before the end of the Obama administration.”  

“Congressional sources and analysts agree that there simply isn’t enough interest to push through meaningful reforms in the next nine months on the FMS issue, given both its complexity and global sensitivities to weapon sales.”  

“Pentagon officials, including Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, have become more vocal in the last six months about their desire to see changes in how the FMS process is structured, citing a desire to make sure allies can receive weapons in a timely fashion, particularly for those nations involved in the fight against the Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS or ISIL.”