Strong Foreign Partnerships Are Key to Countering Russia and China


Posted: May 13, 2022 12:01 AM

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The current conflict in Ukraine has demonstrated how strengthening alliances and attracting new partners, a central part of the current Department of Defense (DoD) National Defense Strategy, is one of the most important ways the United States can keep our citizens safe.

As part of this broader effort, the DoD has prioritized foreign military sales to ensure our allies and partners have the tools that they need to defend our common interests. Improved policies and practices have lowered costs and introduced competitive financing opportunities which have been yielding results. In fiscal year 2019, the DoD maintained sales of more than $55 billion for the second consecutive year, increasing the three-year rolling average for sales by 16 percent. Additionally, the DoD improved the time it takes to respond to partner nation requests by 17%.

Close coordination with allies and partners on large procurement programs will be key to expand upon this success. By leveraging the expertise

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