military sales to foreign nations doubles
Cogliano, Senior Reporter
January 28, 2012
military weapons to foreign countries have risen dramatically in the
recent four-year period, with sales to top 10 buyers more than doubling
the previous period.
contries that bought the most U.S. military goods and services from
2010 placed combined orders of $66.3 billion, up from $29.4 billion in
to 2006 periods, according to data from the Congressional Research
total sales are increasing, the mix of countries buying the most from
also is changing, with long-time allies Poland, Japan and Israel being
on the Top 10 list by a slew of Middle East nations. Countries from the
East now make up the largest chunk of the top buyers, and includes
Arabia, U.A.E., Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan and Turkey.
roughly the same period, the U.S. was the top exporter of arms, selling
a third of the military hardware that changed hands across the world.
in arms sales to the Middle East comes amid the backdrop of failed
aimed at stopping Iran from continuing its nuclear program. Most
believe Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon, whereas officials in
have insisted their nuclear program is for domestic energy and medical
growth in foreign military sales comes at a good time for domestic
companies as U.S. military cuts are looming.
the continuation of production capability and advancement of technology
in many ways to a degree, insulates the defense industry from ups and
said Joe Zeis, vice president and chief strategist for the Dayton
“That’s important for our
national industrial infrastructure.”
At the end
of December, the U.S. confirmed it would sell 84 Boeing
F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia for
billion. The White House said the deal would support more than 50,000
jobs. While it is unclear as to how many of those jobs are located in
Dayton area, Boeing has a big impact in the Dayton region, where it has
different suppliers based on its 2010 annual report. The aerospace
roughly 500 suppliers in Ohio and spent more than $4.7 billion in
from Ohio companies in 2010, supporting an estimated 150,000 jobs in
Boeing, which has an office in Dayton, has 600 employees in Ohio and
2010, the U.S. Department of Defense announced it had notified Congress
multi-year deal to sell more than $60 billion in aircraft and weapons
to Saudi Arabia. The sale to Saudi Arabia’s government would include 84
aircraft, a variety of helicopters, engines, missiles, bombs, radar and
say tensions with Iran have sparked other foreign military sales such
recent $3.5 billion advanced antimissile interception system to the
Emirates and a $1.7 billion deal to upgrade Saudi Arabia’s Patriot
missiles. Lockheed Martin Corp.
Raytheon Co. are
involved on providing
the components for those deals, according to Reuters. Lockheed also has
worth more than $1.4 billion to sell F-16 fighter jets to Oman and
Boeing makes the new bunker-busting bombs the U.S. is selling to the
also reports that Israel is going to be the first nation to buy the
Joint Strike Fighter developed by Lockheed, Northrop Grumman Corp. and
BAE Systems, all three of which have
operations in the Dayton region.
Many of the
sales of jet aircraft will have a direct impact on Dayton through GE
facilities in the region that make parts for jet engines. GE Aviation,
of General Electic, has roughly 3,500 employees in the Dayton region
southwest Ohio, including a manufacturing plant in Beavercreek that
more than 300 workers and makes tubes, ducts and manifolds for jet
The Top 25
largest defense contractors account for 4,200 Dayton-area employees and
than $900 million in combined local DoD contract awards in the most
year, according to the Dayton Business Journal’s Book of Lists.
nations line up to buy high-tech weapons from the U.S., it also
boost to operations at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
in Dayton. Wright-Patt is host to the
Force Security Assistance Center, or AFSAC, which employs more than 500
aircraft sales to allied countries.
country submits a request for an aircraft to a diplomat, the White
directly to the U.S. Air Force or by other avenues and that request
ends up at AFSAC. The Air Force decides if it wants comply with the
request and then figures out where to get it.
works to determine a cost, whether excess aircraft exist or if a
will be made with a manufacturer, such as Maryland-based Lockheed
From there, the center’s officials contact the country and work out a
plan. Following the deal, AFSAC also can manage maintenance and parts
for the aircraft.
also makes sure everyone is playing by the rules, such as following the
Export Control Act, which requires weapons from the United States be
for legitimate self-defense. Officials say the entire operation works
allied security in mind and the U.S. does not profit from the venture.
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