Third Country Transfers
DEFENSE INST OF SECURITY ASSISTANCE MANAGEMENT WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The third country transfer concept can perhaps be most easily described by use of a simplified illustration. Country A initially acquires a defense article e.g., a military vehicle from the United States. After a period of time. Country A desires to sell, lend, lease, or grant the defense article to Country B. Once this latter transaction is approved and consummated it is know as a third country transfer, with the three countries or parties being 1 the United States, 2 Country A, and 3 Country B. A transfer to a private party or corporation, instead of to a third country, is also treated as a third country transfer for the purposes of this article. Simplified illustrations such as the one above have the advantage of being rather straightforward and easy to comprehend. On the other hand, it grossly oversimplifies the reality of the third country transfer process. Accordingly, it is the purpose of this article to address the third country transfer process and, in so doing, identify the primary steps and considerations of this process.
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