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Statement by AIA President & CEO Marion C. Blakey joining President Obama in urging immediate action
July 22, 2010
The U.S.-UK and U.S.-Australia Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties were negotiated and signed in 2007. As made clear by U.K. Defence Secretary Liam Fox, our closest allies are running out of patience on this issue.
Ratification of these treaties goes hand-in-hand 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 ease restrictions on American companies as we work to equip our closest friends and allies with the technology that allows their troops to stand with ours to defend our mutual interests.
Ratifying these treaties is important for both national security and economic stability in the