May was a busy month in the world of U.S. defense exports. Perhaps most controversial was President Obama’s decision to terminate the arms embargo against Vietnam. The embargo, in place since 1975, was partially lifted in 2014 to provide Vietnam with greater maritime surveillance and improved security systems. Since then, the United States has contributed $46 million to strengthening Vietnam’s maritime security.
Separately, the U.S. State Department announced that it would begin reviewing applications for licenses to export defense articles and defense services to Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sri Lanka on a case-by-case basis. Those announcements followed three U.N. Security Council Resolutions terminating the U.N. arms embargoes against those nations.