TextronÂ Systems CEO Ellen LordÂ saysÂ the government’s process for sales of weapons and unmannedÂ systems to international customers is affecting business for U.S. defense companies amid declining PentagonÂ sales, Defense One reported Thursday.
Marcus WeisgerberÂ writes that Lord believes the foreign military sales program’s pace and process presentÂ an advantage to companies in Europe, Russia and China to meet customers’Â urgent weapons and security needs.
“I’m afraid that perhaps sometimes we are far more risk averse and people are much more afraid of making a mistake than they are invested in getting the deals done so that the ultimate customer gets what needs to be delivered,” Lord toldÂ Defense One.
Weisgerber reports that the governmentÂ oversees the sale of defense equipment to foreign military customers but does not allow the sale of some weapons due to the risk of potential adversaries gaining afcessÂ U.S. technology.
The U.S. is a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime, which seeks to control the spread of unmanned systems that canÂ carryÂ weapons of mass destruction by limitingÂ sales, the report said.
Lord noted that Textron Systems hasÂ discussed the matter with U.S. government officials.