Military Coproduction: U.S. Management of Programs Worldwide
[Technical Report, Congressional Report]
Government Accountability Office
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Since the 1950s the United States has entered into at least 87 government-to-government memorandums of understanding MOU with 19 countries, enabling them to acquire the know-how to produce or assemble all or part of fielded U.S. weapon systems and equipment. According to the Department of Defense DOD, the agreements are negotiated with close friends and allies on the basis that the participating countries will abide by the agreement provisions. These programs are intended to improve the foreign partners military readiness by expanding their technical and military support capabilities and to promote standardization of military equipment. The programs are established by MOUS or letters of offer and acceptance ILIA, which are typically signed by representatives of DOD and the foreign governments counterpart agency. These programs are implemented through licensed production arrangements andor technical data and assistance that are provided through Foreign Military Sales FMS and commercial munitions licensing channels.
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