The US topped $30 billion in total Foreign Military Sales in Fiscal 2014, marking a slight increase from last fiscal year, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced. “FMS, like all security cooperation programs, is about relationship building and achieving our national security and foreign policy objectives,” head of DSCA Vice Adm. Joseph Rixey said in an Oct. 27 release. The past year’s $34.2 billion total includes $31.2 billion in direct government-to-government sales and $3 billion in non-FMS arms and training deals, according to the release. DSCA has already notified Congress of more than $1 billion in proposed foreign sales, including Greek P-3C Orion upgrades, C-130J airlifters for Brunei, and Patriot missiles for Saudi Arabia, in Fiscal 2015, according to recent releases. FMS peaked at $69.1 billion in FY ‘12 with the sale of F-15s, training, and support to Saudi Arabia. FY ‘14 numbers are in line with typical post-2005 annual sales, according to the Pentagon.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.