Foreign Military Sales (FMS) appear regularly on the Pentagon's daily list of contracts. Through FMS, the U.S. government procures and transfers weaponry and matériel to allied nations and international organizations. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) issued at least $5,392,261,519 worth of FMS contracts during March and April 2018.
Distillation of these contracts is presented into two parts. This first part focuses on Western and Far East allies of the U.S. war industry. Part Two will focus on Gulf Council (GCC) countries and other undemocratic regimes.
FMS DOWN UNDER
Boeing received $17.9 million to upgrade the P-8A maintenance training system for Australia. Boeing received $40,012,500 for operations & maintenance services on Australia's P-8A training devices. Work takes place in Edinburgh, Australia. Promising 'jobs' and economic benefits is one way the U.S. war industry lures elites in foreign nations to sign on the dotted line. ISM Corp. received $7 million for engineering on Australia's SEA 4000 and -5000 programs, which one of Australia's biggest project military expenses after the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.