US Companies Are Selling Drones To Anonymous Foreign Governments

Posted on May 8, 2012

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U.S. corporations are selling drones to undisclosed foreign governments for anti-narcotics

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and anti-terrorism operations, according to Teddy Wilson at The American Independent.

The global market for unmanned aerial vehicles (i.e. drones) is growing rapidly as the use of drones expands from military to domestic law enforcement.

The U.S. government sells drones to other countries through Foreign Military Sales, and U.S. corporations can sell drones and other defense technologies directly to foreign governments after going through a screening process run by the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Vanguard Defense Industries, a Texas-based defense contractor, is predicting that next year its domestic sales will increase 25 percent to between $35 million and $40 million, but the majority of its sales will be overseas.

Vanguard CEO Michael Buscher, a 20-year U.S. military veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, told the Texas Independent that the process is not as burdensome as he expected and that some smaller companies bypass regulations when selling drones overseas.

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