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Statement by AIA President & CEO Marion C. Blakey on passage of U.S.-UK and U.S.-Australia Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties and accompanying implementation legislation
September 30, 2010
AIA welcomes passage of the U.S.-UK and U.S.-Australia Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties by the full Senate. Ratifying these treaties will provide important benefits to both our national security and our economy.
The treaties will streamline the licensing system for defense exports to our staunch allies, the UK and Australia. AIA has long advocated that we should do everything possible to ensure that their troops and our troops are able to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with the best equipment available.
Passage of these treaties is in concert with the Obama administration’s plan to modernize export controls. Our industry, with about 820,000 employees and 30,000 suppliers from all 50 states, strongly supports efforts to adjust outdated restrictions on American companies as we work to equip our closest friends and allies with the technology that allows our militaries to defend our mutual interests.
We congratulate the Senate for passing the U.S.-UK and U.S.-Australia Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties, and thank both the House and Senate for passing the accompanying implementation legislation.