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Pentagon's chief tech buyer wants to speed up foreign arms sales

Ahead of her trip to this week's Dubai Airshow, the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer told reporters that she is eager to speed up foreign military sales to allies, and boost the profits and financial health of US defense contractors. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Ellen Lord said that foreign ministry sales “are absolutely critical for a variety of reasons. One, building partnership capability and capacity. It’s a real tool for us in terms of international relations." Lord is the former CEO of defense contractor Textron Systems, an aerospace and defense company that develops both drones and missiles.

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