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Foreign partners buy billions of dollars of defense items and services annually through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program. DOD collects a transportation fee from buyers to cover shipping costs and pay shipping expenses.
In fiscal year 2019, our work yielded a record $214.7 billion in financial benefits, a return of about $338 for every dollar invested in us. We also identified 1,418 other benefits that led to better services for the American people and other improvements across government.
U.S. foreign partners buy billions of dollars of defense items and services annually through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program. To transport the items they buy, buyers pay fees that should roughly equal what the U.S. government pays to transport the goods.
The Departments of State and Defense administer the Foreign Military Sales program, which sells military equipment and services to foreign partners and allies.
In December 2015, the Kenyan government requested to buy 6 or more AT-802L aircraft to support its anti-terrorism efforts.
The Department of Defense administers the Foreign Military Sales program, which sells military equipment and services to foreign partners and allies to help them improve their national security—and by extension, U.S. national security.
What GAO Found To operate as effectively and efficiently as possible, Congress, the administration, and federal managers must have ready access to reliable and complete financial and performance information—both for individual federal entities and for the federal government as a whole.
What GAO Found Three long-standing major impediments continued to prevent GAO from expressing an opinion on the federal governments accrual-based consolidated financial statements: (1) serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense (DOD) that have prevented DODs financial statements...
Since 2003, the United States has reported obligating $642 billion for U.S. military operations in Iraq and provided about $24 billion for training, equipment, and other services for Iraqi security forces.