PGM sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE - 2018
According to media reports and other sources, the Trump administration is planning to notify Congress of significant precision-guided munition sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. As of late June, these direct commercial sales had yet to be formally notified, but are under informal review.
On June 28, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he cannot support moving forward with a formal notification.
An invasion of the port of Hodeidah is underway, with some intelligence assistance from the United States. (New York Times, June 13; Wall Street Journal, June 12.) Ten Senators, including the chair and ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have expressed "grave alarm" and reiterated that there is no military solution (see June 12 press release). Thirty-four Congressmembers have also raised alarms (June 12 letter and June 13 press release). See also assessment/statements from Scott Paul of Oxfam (June 11) and Kate Kizer of Win Without War on June 12 (both Forum-listed experts).
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn), who has been very active in opposing these sales, indicated at the Forum on the Arms Trade annual conference on May 22 that opposition should again be expected. (See video, including comments at 1:31:40.)
In June 2017, 47 Senators voted to block the sale of roughly $500 million in precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia, narrowly failing to win a majority.
Forum-listed experts* to contact on this subject include Kate Kizer, Kate Gould, William Hartung, Jeff Abramson, Rachel Stohl, Stephen Miles, Andrew Feinstein (global perspective), and emerging expert Caroline Dorminey.
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* Inclusion on the Forum on the Arms Trade expert list does not indicate agreement with or endorsement of the opinions of others.
Trump Administration Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
See overview resource page tracking Trump's initial 2017 announcement of $110 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and subsequent developments.
War Powers Resolutions
In 2018, 44 Senators voted to support an effort to end US involvement in the Saudi-supported civil war in Yemen via the War Powers Resolution. In 2017, a similar resolution was introduced in the House. See resources below.
Senate Vote on PGM Sale - 2017
Forum-listed experts commentary from June 13, 2017, and recap of the Senate vote on SJ Res. 42.
Forum-listed experts commentary from March 2017, and recap of opposition into late May 2017.
2016-2017 Global Resource on Arms to Saudi Arabia in light of Yemen crisis
Features resources on other 2017 US-Saudi arms notifications and also looks beyond just the United States, including comments by experts in February 2016.
Saudi-tank deal - 2016
Expert commentary on and description of Congressional opposition in August and September 2016 on $1.15 billion battle tank sale.
Major Arms Sales Notification Tracker
From our blog
In 2018, The Trump Administration Will Continue to Tout Job Impacts of Arms Exports by William Hartung - December 11, 2017
Trump's Military Only Strategy in Yemen by Kate Kizer - April 25, 2017
Trump on Arms Sales by Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick - April 25, 2017
Donald Trump and The Death of Diplomacy by William D. Hartung - April 26, 2017
Court Action to Implement the Arms Trade Treaty by Roy Isbister - December 19, 2016
October 20, 2015 event
Crisis in Yemen: Humanitarian and Security Consequences of Military Support to the Region. See archive.