U.S. Wants To Sell More Drones

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A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone sits in a hanger at Creech Air Force Base May 19, 2016. The base in Nevada is the hub for the military’s unmanned aircraft operations in the United States. Picture taken May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Josh Smith

Reuters: Exclusive: Trump aims to sidestep another arms pact to sell more U.S. drones

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration plans to reinterpret a Cold War-era arms agreement between 34 nations with the goal of allowing U.S. defense contractors to sell more American-made drones to a wide array of nations, three defense industry executives and a U.S. official told Reuters.

The policy change, which has not been previously reported, could open up sales of armed U.S. drones to less stable governments such as Jordan and the United Arab Emirates that in the past have been forbidden from buying them under the 33-year-old Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), said the U.S. official, a former U.S. official and one of the executives. It could also undermine longstanding MTCR compliance from countries such as Russia, said the U.S. official, who has direct knowledge of the policy shift.

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WNU Editor: This is the future of warfare. And with tens of billions at stake (if not more), it should surprise no one that the U.S. wants to dominate this market. And as for this Cold-War-era arms agreement between 34 nations. Like much of the infrastructure that was set up during and after the Cold War to minimize weapons proliferation, it is sadly being discarded for the reality that now exists in the 21rst century.

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