A Policy Is Born

Osborne, John
June 1977
New Republic;6/18/77, Vol. 176 Issue 25, p10
Discusses several factors that led to the development of the U.S. policy of foreign arms sales control and restraint, which was launched on May 19, 1977. Authority of the U.S. President to approve or disapprove all sales agreements of any magnitude; Impact of the efforts to reduce arms sales on suppliers and foreign relations; Details of State and Defense departments recommendations on ways to accommodate the desire for restraint of arms sales; Plans of U.S. President Jimmy Carter to reduce the volume of U.S. foreign arms sales in a campaign speech in June 1976; Description of the meaning of arms transfer; Report on recent growth in the U.S. foreign arms sales; Objection of few legislators towards new policy on arm transfer; Information on 1976 sales offer of arms that included $1.9 billion; Discussion on varied factors involved in arms sales really permitting the global policy approach; Controversy on whether to impose a fixed dollar ceiling on annual sales to be permitted under the new policy.


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