The United States government maintains a complex system for controlling arms sales called International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR. It is designed to prevent military technology from falling into the hands of bad actors, but it impedes sending the same technology to friends–even when it is urgently needed. With Beijing now determined to match and surpass Washington in advanced technology, there is a need to compress the time required to secure approvals in military transactions with key allies. The U.S. should develop a fast-track mechanism for eliminating barriers and long waits when sharing arms technology or technical data with trusted partners, especially in Asia. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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