Direct Commercial Sales
Foreign Military Sales
Excess Defense Articles
International Military Education and Training
The U.S. State and Defense Departments are required by law to prepare an annual report on
military assistance, military exports, and military imports known as the
"Section 655" report (after the section of the Foreign Assistance
Act which requires it). This report provides the most detailed official
accounting available of specific U.S. defense articles and services exported or licensed
for export to governments or private buyers around the world.
and the State Department each prepare their own portion of
the 655 report. All sales and grants of military equipment and training
administered by the DOD's Defense Security Cooperation Agency are included in
the Pentagon's section, including drawdowns, excess defense articles,
international military education and training, and foreign military sales
(FMS). The State Department is in charge of direct commercial sales (DCS);
its section includes only DCS licenses authorized, not actual weapons
The report for fiscal year 2006 (1 Oct. 2005 - 30 Sept. 2006) is provided below in pdf format.
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Direct Commercial Sales (DCS): Transfers negotiated between the manufacturing company and the foreign
buyer, and approved by the Department of State through the issuance of an
*Data covers licenses
authorized, not actual weapons deliveries.
Report broken down into 10-15 page segments:
The Department of Defense has not made contribution to the FY06 report available to the public. The FAS has filed a Freedom of Information
Act request for the data, and will post it as soon as Defense Department responds to our request.
For a general guide to the arms
sales process and in-depth descriptions of different types of sales, check
out the "Ways
and Means" chapter of The Arms Trade Revealed: a Guide for Investigators and Activists.