DSCA Director's Blog

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Record High Foreign Military Sales

In the realm of Security Cooperation, we often struggle to capture metrics that illustrate trends and outcomes. However, one of our standard metrics has always been the level of Foreign Military Sales.

With Fiscal Year 2009 figures tallied, and looking back at our projected total sales of $40 billion, we can take pride in the fact we achieved a new record of $37.9 billion in sales. To put that in historical perspective, that is a 465% growth from a low point of $8.1 billion in FY 1998 and slightly over our previous record figure of $36.4 billion in FY 08.

These figures are indicative of the Security Cooperation community’s level of professionalism and drive to strengthen our partners by meeting their needs, which strengthens our national security.

While we may continue to struggle with capturing metrics, it is clear we have captured the professionalism and drive of the Security Cooperation community, leading us to project $38.4 billion in Foreign Military Sales for FY 10 and causing us to look forward to another record year together.

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