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State Dept Official Andrea Thompson: New Policies Will Increase US Weapons Sales in 2019

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Andrea Thompson, undersecretary for arms control and international security at the State Department, has said new policies on defense exports will likely increase U.S. weapons sales in 2019, Defense News reported Tuesday.

Thompson told reporters on Sept. 7 that the Conventional Arms Transfer Policy, issued in April, will be one of the factors directly affecting future weapons sales.

The Trump administration passed the CAT Policy to boost America’s arms exports and domestic industry.

Other policies such as dropping additional charges on products and reducing the transportation fee for foreign military sales clients could also increase U.S. weapons sales in 2019.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has divulged that U.S. weapons FMS rose from $41.9B in 2017 to $46.9B in the first half of 2018.