Pentagon OKs Drone Sales to 66 Nations
But State Department, Congress still need to sign off
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 6, 2012 8:56 AM CDT
This Nov. 8, 2011 file photo shows a Predator B unmanned aircraft taxis at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

(Newser) – Soon, the US might not be the only country filling the sky with drones. The Pentagon has listed 66 countries to which it would be comfortable selling drones, military officials tell Reuters. But the sales haven't begun yet, because Congress and the State Department still have to sign off. Indeed, the list has existed since last year, the official said, but it's been held up by efforts to streamline the US' weapons export rules.

It's a problem that's eating at companies like Northrop Grumman, which is eager for a bigger market for its Global Hawk surveillance drones. "I wish we were further along in getting that done," Northrop's CEO says. "It's slow, it's painful, but we're doing the right things to move in that direction." Right now the State and Commerce departments each keep export control lists. The Obama administration wants to consolidate them and put one agency in charge, but is facing Republican opposition.

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USLady
Sep 6, 2012 10:31 PM CDT
Obama has his yes men set up in all different offices you can believe that..
USLady
Sep 6, 2012 10:21 PM CDT
How stupid can they get! dont answer that! pretty stupid under Obama! our whole security has been slammed down by Obama! Romney will secure our borders and make America much more safer then Obama ever could.Obama is not a leader,he is traitor and a back stabber to all Americans.
backpath2
Sep 6, 2012 8:39 PM CDT
The list of countries I'd be willing to sell to is a hell of a lot shorter than the Pentagon's list: Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, and South Korea. Why take a chance?