ARLINGTON, Va. --– AIA welcomes President Obama's remarks urging ratification of the U.S.-UK Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty in a press conference with the British Prime Minister David Cameron this week. As the president stated, this treaty “will be good for our workers and our troops in both our countries.”
The U.S.-UK and U.S.-Australia Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties were negotiated and signed in 2007. As made clear by U.K. Defence Secretary Liam Fox, our closest allies are running out of patience on this issue.
Ratification of these treaties goes hand-in-hand with the Obama administration’s plan to modernize export controls. Our industry, with about 820,000 employees and 30,000 suppliers from all 50 states strongly supports efforts to ease restrictions on American companies as we work to equip our closest friends and allies with the technology that allows their troops to stand with ours to defend our mutual interests.
Ratifying these treaties is important for both national security and economic stability in the United States. We strongly urge the Senate to ratify the U.S.-UK and U.S.-Australia Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties as soon as possible.
Founded in 1919, the Aerospace Industries Association represents the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military, and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems, space systems, aircraft engines, homeland and cybersecurity systems, materiel, related components, equipment services and information technology.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: President Obama’s remarks are, in fact, a single sentence spoken during a July 20 press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron: ““I told David that my administration is working hard with the Senate to move forward as soon as possible with our defense trade treaty with the U.K., which will be good for our workers and our troops in both our countries.”
This is hardly indicative of any great rush to ratify the treaty, which was signed on June 21, 2007 and has met with opposition in the US Senate.).