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US is Proudly Ramping Up Weapons Sales to Foreign Countries, Sales Up 33 Percent

US arms sales to foreign militaries increased 33 percent over last year and look to possibly hit a new record high next year.

The Pentagon enthusiastically reported that the U.S. took in $55.6 billion in foreign military sales (FMS) during the 2018 fiscal year (FY), topping sales from 2017 by 33 percent. The announcement came at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual conference (AUSA), held every October.

“This is a 33 percent increase over last year and I’m very optimistic that this positive trajectory will continue,” said Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, the head of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, during the AUSA conference. “Our partners know a good thing when they see one.”

In 2017, the U.S. sold $41.93 in FMS deals and early estimates for the current fiscal year predict further increases over the $55.6 billion sold in the 2018 fiscal year. According to Defense News, a report in July said the U.S. had already inked $46.9 billion in FMS deals, and a report released by the Pentagon in late 2017 said the U.S. had inked $54.45 billion through the end of August.

According to reports, in FY16 sales totaled $33.6 billion, while FY15 totaled $47 billion and FY14 totaled $34.2 billion. The all-time high though was in 2012 when FMS sales hit $67.8 billion.

In FY 2018 the State Department approved an initial $70 billion in FMS sales which could mean a massive boost in FMS sales for FY19, but the sales must still be approved by Congress and then will also be subjected to negotiation. The $70 billion in sales is spread out over 70 individual requests including a Saudi request for the anti-missile defense program THAAD ($15 billion) and a Polish request for Patriot-PAC 3 batteries ($10.5 billion).

Arms sales are likely to increase under the Trump administration, which has pushed arms deals as part of his economic growth plans and Hooper is not the only one excited about the surge in arms sales.

Andrea Thompson, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, shared Hooper’s optimism for arms sales when speaking to reporters in September.

“I would anticipate — I am an optimist and a realist — that next year’s numbers will be higher than this year’s numbers,” Thompson said.


Lauren von Bernuth

Lauren is one of the co-founders of Citizen Truth. She graduated with a degree in Political Economy from Tulane University. She spent the following years backpacking around the world and starting a green business in the health and wellness industry. She found her way back to politics and discovered a passion for journalism dedicated to finding the truth.


  1. Jeanne Macdonald October 11, 2018


  2. Jeanne Macdonald October 11, 2018

    You can’t fix it.

  3. Betty Major October 11, 2018

    They will use them on us

  4. N.L. McCoy October 11, 2018

    Jeanne, you should call Hillary and tell her how stupid you think she is for selling arms to foreign countries who believe anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-human rights policies are acceptable.

    Hillary Clinton as secretary of state approved of selling $316 billion of our most powerful American weapons and war planes to foreign countries – many of which throw homosexuals off buildings, murder their political enemies, force women to live in black cocoons, don’t let them drive or attend school, and fund terrorism against America and Israel. In turn, these dozens of foreign nations and the American weapons manufacturers forked over tens of millions of dollars to the Clinton-controlled slush fund called the Clinton Foundation.

    The most stunning example uncovered in a 2015 International Business Times (IBT) investigative article : a sweet deal cut by Clinton along with a group of American defense contractors led by Boeing to sell $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to Saudi Arabia.

    Israeli officials told the Obama administration the Saudis’ new air dominance would disrupt the area’s balance of power. They were ignored. Still, it was a mystery why Clinton who “claimed” to disapprove of the Muslim kingdom’s anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-human rights policies, would approve the deal to sell them weapons.

    It was a mystery unless you knew that the Saudis contributed at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation before Mrs. C became secretary. And unless you knew that Boeing had tossed $900,000 into the Foundation coffers weeks before the deal was finalized. No wonder, as Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro declared at a press conference announcing the approval, the deal had been “a top priority” for Clinton personally.

    IBT’s research, based on government and Clinton Foundation records (also cited by the Huffington Post, The Hill, and elsewhere) uncovered that Clinton’s State Department okayed $165 billion worth of advanced arms sales to 20 nations whose governments gave millions to Clinton’s foundation, and approved another $151 billion of Pentagon-brokered deals to 16 more countries that also gave big bucks to the Clinton Foundation.

    1. Geri DeWitt October 11, 2018

      Leave Hillary alone and worry about DRUMPH dividing our country

    2. Dagney Trevor October 11, 2018

      N.L.McCoy – living in the past. Blame everything on someone else just like our imbecile president. The “facts” you spew are questionable at best.
      This current administration is selling us down the river & you idiots are still whining about Hilary. GOP is behind the worst developing deficit in history & you still are but, but Hilary. DISGUSTING, DEPLORABLES

    3. N.L. McCoy October 11, 2018

      Dagney Trevor
      -You say “living in the past”!
      Just curious did you say “living in the past” when ford falsely accused Justice Kavanaugh.
      When hrc trots around whining because she can’t accept her loss do you say “living in the past”?
      -You say I blame everything on others?
      I blamed what Hillary did on Hillary, no one else.
      -You say I but, but Hillary.
      I didn’t stutter at all. What
      I did was point out once that she sold weapons to foreign countries and profited from it which is far worse than what Trump is being crucified for and he’s not profiting.
      -You say the facts I spew are questionable at best.
      Is that it? You’re going to call me a liar and you don’t have “facts” to prove me wrong.
      -You call me idiot, disgusting and deplorable.
      I don’t usually call posters names unless they attack me with name-calling because they’ve got nothing else.
      I won’t call you the names you labeled me. I’ll just say that I’m very sorry that at some time in your life you obviously must have been deprived air to your brain, so I won’t insult you.
      -you say Trump is selling us down the river.
      What are your “facts” that the President is selling us down the river?
      I give you facts that hrc sold us down the river: a little history about treason first.
      “Articles of Treason”
      “The United States Code at 18 U.S.C. § 2381 states; Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States of America.”

      Two of Hillary Clinton’s Treasonous acts —
      1.) Receiving money from foreign donors.
      An investigative report from the New York Times has revealed a scandal of greed, bribery, and treason by Hillary Clinton.
      In a secret deal with the Clintons, the investigative report revealed that 20% of America’s uranium deposits, which could be used to make nuclear weapons, were sold through a Canadian investor and Clinton associate named, Frank Giustra to the Russians. Giustra promised Bill and Hillary $100 million toward the Clinton Foundation in a money laundering scheme, including $31 million already deposited into the Clinton Foundation.
      The New York Times suggested that Hillary used her Secretary of State position on a White House panel to review and approve the sale, which afterward, an additional $2 million more was donated to the Clinton Foundation by Russian owned Uranium One. Through such bribes and “pay to play” deals with many foreign countries and domestic companies, the Clinton Foundation has amassed $250 million in foreign cash, according to the Wall Street Journal, which also reported that 60 companies, who lobbied Hillary as Secretary of State, also donated $26 million to the Clinton Foundation.
      Hillary’s greed and acceptance of bribes is corruption at its worst, placing America in danger while financing the powerful Clinton machine. American uranium, through Russia, is now available to other terrorist nations, including Iran. Thus, the willingness to supply American uranium to terrorist nations during a time of war is an act of treason and a betrayal to the American people.
      She was using her position as Secretary of State to launder money into her campaign coffers by the millions.
      Article 1 Section 9 of the United States Constitution states, “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”
      No one is above the law. Any person using a position of power and authority and using that position to gain monetary profit, should be in jail, regardless of who that person is. It is illegal, unethical, and corrupt. Hillary has been treated like a queen for too long and now must be prosecuted for these crimes, which no one else in America would get away with.
      2.) Benghazi
      On August 2, Ambassador Stevens sent a cable requesting 11 additional bodyguards, noting “Host nation security support is lacking and cannot be depended on to provide a safe and secure environment for the diplomatic mission of outreach”
      But these requests for additional security were repeatedly denied, as security officials testified before Chairman Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee. Obama, Hillary and his allies did not want a show of American force in the country that would “offend” Muslim sensibilities. They wanted to rely instead on the host country’s security that the embassy was telling them was inadequate and could not be depended upon.
      Secretary Clinton ignored the warnings and object lessons that were present from the 2012 terrorist attacks on the Red Cross, the assassination attempt on the British Ambassador to Libya and the attacks that occurred at the American Diplomatic Outpost in Benghazi, all before September 11, 2012.
      Most importantly, she refused the Ambassador’s repeated requests for additional security at the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
      When coupled with her inability to answer the proverbial “3 a.m. phone call” during the terrorist attack on the diplomatic outpost, Secretary Clinton’s lack of competency was brought to light. It is amazing how wrong one person can be.
      In January 2013, during her testimony on Capitol Hill concerning Benghazi, Secretary of State Clinton famously stated to Senator Ron Johnson, when testifying about the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, and my nephew Sean Smith, “…what difference does it make?”
      The January 15, 2014 release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on Benghazi confirms what hundreds of hours of research, inquiry, and conversation revealed the following:
      The September 11, 2012 attack could have been prevented.
      Secretary of State Clinton did not do an appropriate risk assessment for Ambassador Stevens and other outpost personnel.
      Al Qaeda was directly involved in the detailed planning and execution of the attack.
      Ex-President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both knew it was a terrorist attack on the evening of September 11, 2012.
      A lie was manufactured and perpetuated as they repeatedly blamed an anti-Islamic video as the impetus of the attack.
      The ex-President and members of his administration, including Hillary Clinton have lied to the American people in their attempt to cover up the terror attack in Benghazi. The failure to protect American citizens serving the U.S. overseas, and failure to hunt down, kill, prosecute or otherwise serve justice to the terrorists responsible for the deaths of four Americans, can only be viewed as giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States.

      Giving aid and comfort to the enemy and receiving money from foreign donors while a member of the United States Government Administration as Secretary of State, hrc was in violation of the oath she sworn upon.

    4. Karen Sikkenga Gordon October 11, 2018

      N.L. McCoy this is 2018 information. Hilary not around for the 33% increase. Your just like Drumf, deflection from reality

    5. N.L. McCoy October 11, 2018

      Karen Sikkenga Gordon

  5. Ray Rossman October 11, 2018

    Keeping Capitalism safe?

  6. Andrew Richard Tennock October 11, 2018

    This is what America has become, and the world hates us for it.

  7. Gil Sanchez October 11, 2018

    Which will end up in the hands of ISIS and criminals.

    1. N.L. McCoy October 11, 2018

      The already ended up in the hands of ISIS!

      Busted! CIA reveals Hillary and Obama armed ISIS
      By ◊ – December 23, 2015

      The Obama administration pursued a policy in Libya back in 2011 that ultimately allowed guns to walk into the hands of jihadists linked to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda (AQ) in Syria, according to a former CIA officer who co-authored a report on behalf of the Citizen’s Commission on Benghazi (CCB), detailing the gun running scheme.

      Clare Lopez, a former CIA officer and the primary author of CCB’s interim report, titled How America Switched Sides in the War on Terror, speaking with Breitbart News.

    2. Gil Sanchez October 11, 2018

      N.L. McCoy so you’re ok with it as long as Trump does it.

  8. Geri DeWitt October 11, 2018

    Great so they can use these weapons to kill

  9. Angelica Perez October 11, 2018

    Anti war??? ?????‍♀️
    Does the dftrump own these manufactures? His friends?
    This is what we do best! We create war in another country, take a side, provide cheap weapons… then go with the other side and we finish them off!! All in the name of Christ!

    1. Edward Calabrese October 12, 2018

      Betsy DeVol’s brother is a major player in arms and privatization of how wars are fought…..like Cheney and Halliburton….remember him?

  10. Dianne Antonio October 11, 2018

    This will not end well.

  11. Carol Viviano October 11, 2018

    Maybe they’ll change their minds when the buyers start using them against us. With Don insulting the whole world and being a moron, it could happen

  12. Dagney Trevor October 11, 2018

    Make that 2% richer. Arm the world, make huge profits, start wars, displace the people who only want to live their lives in peace, then close the borders
    to all the refugees you’ve created. Does this “make America great?”

  13. Ferne Fitzpatrick Carbo October 11, 2018

    So they can use them against our military…can’t anyone stop this idiot?????

  14. Christine Johnson October 11, 2018

    All countries are ramping sales of military weapons. We sell them and then we find terrorist organizations have them. Black market sales of arms to Mexican cartels is very profitable. The world has gone nuts especially since trump would sell arms to anyone such as the country that brought us 9/11.

  15. Joan Brinkhuis October 11, 2018


  16. Ken Spalding October 11, 2018

    …big buck$
    for the very ‘be$t’ in annialation of ‘offensive entities(and the mere humans that live nearby(collateral)) !

  17. Edwin Wittrock October 12, 2018

    Nothing says war like old Republican men exerting their impedance!!!

  18. Edward Calabrese October 12, 2018

    Saudi Arabia is on the top of the list. Betsy DeVol’s brother is making a fortune!

  19. Gail MacDonald October 12, 2018

    Makes NRA happy

  20. Edward Calabrese October 12, 2018

    Making tRump, Kushner and Betsy DeVol’s brother richer

  21. John Brown October 18, 2018

    Wile trump cuts veterans benefits

    1. Irma Seabury October 18, 2018

      When did he cut vet benefits – I did not hear that from the vets in my family. And now able to go to a nearby hospital for treatment instead of the three hour drive to a vet hospital .

  22. Gil Sanchez October 18, 2018

    We need an anti-war movement

  23. Debbie Bartlette October 18, 2018

    Proudly? I’m not proud of it!

  24. Ferne Fitzpatrick Carbo October 18, 2018

    Then they will turn around and use them against our military…we should not be selling weapons to our adversaries!!!!!!

  25. Ross Marquez October 18, 2018

    We arm nearly every country in the world and now we constant war’s All over the world, what a joke our country !

    1. Irma Seabury October 18, 2018

      Most countries have a military to protect themselves from take over. Russia and China also sell weapons to other countries. You benefit from the sales as well as an American living in a free country where you have the right to criticize the govt. without fear of torture and prison. Most don’t have the rights you enjoy here.

  26. Jeanne Macdonald October 18, 2018

    Stop. Enough of pointless war and dead end production of weapons. Learn how to live in peace and care for our tiny planet.

  27. Shirley Walker Sheppard October 18, 2018

    USA wint be satisfied until another bunch of idiots blow us off face of the earth.

  28. Dagney Trevor October 18, 2018

    Create chaos worldwide, support dictators, displace peace-loving citizens, create refugees then refuse to acknowledge these war casualties – WTF?

  29. Larry L. Cunningham October 18, 2018

    Making the world peaceful?

  30. Winifred Gilmore October 18, 2018

    I guess to attack us as a coalition!

  31. David Ingraham October 18, 2018

    Since when did America and arms dealer become synonymous?

  32. Beverly Burrell October 18, 2018


  33. Louise Dodson October 18, 2018

    Hitler in charge

  34. Kevin Cahoon October 18, 2018

    Give countries weapons they can use on us… Sound familiar…

  35. Beverly Chisholm Davis October 18, 2018

    It’s our war minded child of a “leader” who sits in the big chair. I still say get him some tin shoulders, tanks and planes and let him play war. A cap gun would work too.

  36. Roger Jasso October 18, 2018

    Disgusting!! The USA is encouraging more killing against humans!!

  37. William Milam October 18, 2018


  38. Ray Rossman October 18, 2018


  39. Frank Walters October 18, 2018

    The Obama years since 2009 the US has approved arms deals worth $200 billion more then any other presidency

  40. Daniel Malloy October 18, 2018


  41. David Ingraham October 18, 2018

    You don’t want to bring up President Obama..especially when you don’t know what you’re talking about. I thought that you were retired? Go play some golf.

    1. Frank Walters October 18, 2018

      David Ingraham but it’s true I checked ??

  42. Chari Hayes October 18, 2018

    So they can be used to overthrow the U S.

  43. Irma Seabury October 18, 2018

    We are not the only country that sells weapons – as long as were not selling our uranium to Russia or weapons to ISIS as the past administration did nor giving them poisonous gas to kill civilians I don’t see why other countries should not have the ability to defend themselves.

    1. John Brown October 18, 2018

      What uranium got sold to russia

    2. John Brown October 18, 2018

      Someone anyone show me were the nuke and gas regulatory commission sold uranium

  44. Linda Fannon October 18, 2018

    No war, no wall, no chaos!

  45. Doug Bryant October 18, 2018

    The we can let them kill our grand kids in war.

  46. Mark Samuels November 22, 2018

    Merchants of death.

  47. Louise Dodson November 22, 2018

    The cult leader must go!

  48. Ed Coker November 22, 2018

    Sales to our enemies will haunt us in the future and Donnie’s making alot of enemies.

  49. Cheryl Claytor November 22, 2018

    This is so not right

  50. Rick Liebst November 22, 2018

    Well and you were worried that we had heard the last of the war mongering neoconservatives!

  51. Charles Freedom November 22, 2018

    Trump will be gone soon so he really doesn’t care how many enemies he sells weapons to. This man is the enemy of the state and most in America see that.

    1. Frances Fox Turner November 22, 2018

      Thats,a lie

  52. Karen Hull November 22, 2018

    I’m not proud about it.

  53. Norma Carmona November 22, 2018

    I hope this never turn on us,so many innocent diying.

  54. Tere Calderon November 22, 2018


  55. Elaine Hallsted November 22, 2018

    This is awful.

  56. Ramona Valadez November 22, 2018

    So they can use them on us. He loves helping those that will hurt our country.

  57. Bill Ash November 22, 2018

    Says a lot about our owners?

  58. Cosme Perez November 22, 2018

    killing is good business, we have lost our way totally

  59. Daniel Malloy November 22, 2018

    They End Up Killing Our Own!

  60. Lynda L B Duke November 22, 2018

    How much does Trump take??

  61. Jeanne Macdonald November 22, 2018

    No dammit. No more dead end weaponry to further destroy our planet and our people. Cut military budget in half. Now!!!!

  62. Joseph Loo November 22, 2018


  63. Bertha Gallego November 22, 2018

    Disgusting!? Trump is all about him and how much money HE gets in his greedy pocket!!! He doesn’t care about the USA!!???

  64. Mary Sue Driver November 22, 2018

    So they can use them against us!!!!??

  65. Gail Drummond November 22, 2018

    How many times can you kill someone. Sick! ✌️

  66. Joseph Garcia November 22, 2018

    That’s a good thing , if the US doesn’t do it Russia and China will ! It’s all about economics !

  67. Joseph Garcia November 22, 2018

    If people think that Fighting wars is over , think again . There’s always a Tyrant out there that needs his ass kicked ! Just pray it doesn’t happen .

  68. Ed Eichner November 22, 2018

    With the Republican’s it’s big money for them for re-election and that’s all that matters to republican party

    1. Paul Truitt November 22, 2018

      The $110 Billion Saudi sale agreement was orchestrated under Obama. According to CNN this morning.

    2. Ed Eichner November 22, 2018

      Paul Truitt but it was never used , the state department had to ok the sale it was there deal with them ,

  69. Charles Atencio November 22, 2018

    Its all about making him and his rich friends money staeting with his tax cut scam

  70. Cheryl Yeager November 22, 2018

    So much for Christian values

  71. Shirley Hawkins November 22, 2018

    Go out and killing ,so trump blame other.

  72. Roger Jasso November 22, 2018

    Trump’s dream… Selling the weapons expecting the same the weapon attacking back against the USA!!

  73. Midian Von Thorne November 22, 2018

    If they are going to steal my SS then I demand my cut from the sales.

  74. Maurice Thomas November 22, 2018

    Oh that’s great some more weapons to use against us thanks to this flaming asshole that calls himself president

  75. Chari Hayes November 22, 2018

    And they find weapons that say U S when innocents are killed and the U S is blamed.

  76. Terry Bacot November 22, 2018

    So others in those “shit holds” can kill themselves. Our government Is so evil and disputable

  77. Dianne Antonio November 22, 2018

    $$$$$$$$$$$$ death$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$but $$$$$$$$$$$not$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$our$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$kids$$$$$no matter.

  78. Hector Roldan November 22, 2018

    This Idiot in Shit is an evil motherfucker. Those weapons will be turned on us.

  79. Mike Murray November 22, 2018

    For about 100 years now!

  80. Judith Weston November 22, 2018

    Just what we need to do!

  81. Jacqueline Stafford November 22, 2018

    They did that in Afghanistan back in the eighties.

  82. Andrew Stiegemeier November 22, 2018

    Beware where they end up!
    The boomerang effect

  83. Olga I. Rodriguez November 22, 2018

    Saudi Arabia first in line

  84. Peggy Buckman November 22, 2018

    Blood on our hands

  85. Larry Hale November 22, 2018

    Karma will not be kind to merchants of death!

  86. Jeanette Gindler November 22, 2018

    Military industrial complex thriving
    So so sad

    1. Gordon Smith November 22, 2018

      Jeanette Gindler I’m gonna give ya one and don’t forget! Israel convinced Trump to move the embassy,conned him into thinking the Iranians were cheating on the nuke deal, the Iranians are Shiites, the Saudi’s are Sunni,get where I’m heading? So now let’s say that the Israelis ratchet up their bullshit in the occupied territory? Hezbola responds with better rockets from Iran. We,the United States,finally have Iran right where we’ve wanted them since 1979. Surrounded on all sides by states that owe their very existence to us! New weapons for the Saudi’s, Israels dream of complete protection by us while they do away with hezbola! And if Iran responds with military force it will be the mother of all fights, for all the marbles! And the Saudi’s are in, I’m sure that’s what Kushner was doing over there! Sunni Saudi Arabia hates Shiites in Iran. So of course the reporter is not going to get in the way of the grand daddy of all power plays in the Middle East. Hence, the Palestinian problem solved. World oil reserves safe, and hey, what were we supposed to do, plausible deniability in effect, had to step in! Even Saudi Arabia said help , Trump and the US to the rescue. Crazy, but why all the prep? It’s the only thing Israel and the Saudi’s have, a common enemy in Tehran. What do you think of that?!!!

  87. Nathaniel Stacy November 23, 2018

    It is hard to say your striving for peace while increasing weapon sales.

  88. Kern Burden November 23, 2018

    it is now and always has been all about money for the GOP

  89. Richard Stookey November 23, 2018

    I feel so much safer.. . NOT!

  90. Grant Schock November 23, 2018

    The billion dollars of weapons sold to the Taliban to fight the Russians in Afghanistan in the 1980’s worked so well. We even sold arms to Sadam Hussein. I’m glad we learned from our mistakes.


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