The U.S. is still the arsenal of democracy, providing well over $150 billion in security cooperation assistance to some 58 countries in 2021. One of the main avenues for providing friends and allies with needed military capabilities is the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. Unfortunately, this process is overregulated and under-resourced, resulting in significant delays in the delivery of vital defense items. Recognizing that such delays are unacceptable given growing near-term threats, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has stepped in to propose the first significant reforms to the FMS process in decades. Some Republicans have gone even farther, proposing a package of reforms under the Speeding the Execution of Arms Deliveries for Allies and Securing Trust (STEADFAST) Act that would transform how this country provides allies and friends with the means to defend themselves. I have written more on this subject here.
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