Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
August 10, 2007
The U.S.-U.K. Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty
Origin and Purpose
At a time when American and British forces continue to work closely together on military operations overseas, the U.S. and British Governments share the view that we can further enhance our cooperation by reducing barriers to the exchange of defense goods, services, and information between our two countries.
President Bush and former Prime Minister Blair signed a Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty on June 26, 2007, which will enable our defense establishments to achieve fully interoperable forces and to leverage the strength of our defense industries in support of our armed forces.
This cooperation will benefit the operational defense capabilities of the
In addition, these new arrangements will help maintain the strength of our respective defense industries by taking advantage of the highly developed technical expertise in the
The Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty will permit the export of certain U.S. defense articles and services to the U.K. Government and select British companies that meet specific requirements, without U.S. export licenses or other prior approvals. It also ensures the continuation of the British policy of not requiring a license for the export of U.K. defense articles and services to the United States.
The Treaty will create an approved community of the two governments and selected defense companies. Most U.S. defense articles will be eligible to be exported into and within this community without prior U.S. Government licenses or other authorizations as long as the exports are in support of:
The State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls reviewed more than 70,000 cases in 2006. By removing the need to review licenses for exports to the United Kingdom in support of joint operations and U.K. Ministry of Defense programs, this treaty will allow the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls to redirect some of its resources elsewhere.
Both governments aim to finalize implementing arrangements by the end of 2007 and to complete steps necessary under their respective domestic laws to implement the treaty.