New Tracking System for US Weapons Use Overseas Could Be Erased in a Heartbeat

Source: Cato Institute
by Jordan Cohen & Jonathan Ellis Allen

“The Biden administration recently established a new system for responding to incidents in which a U.S. arms recipient is suspected of using American‐​made weapons to injure or kill civilians. The policy represents the first systematic approach to monitoring when and where U.S. arms sales cause civilian casualties and aligns well with the Biden administration’s Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) policy. But an executive order is not enough to durably improve oversight of U.S. arms transfers. Congress should codify the new system into law, ensuring that it receives the resources and attention it needs to make an impact and making it impossible for a future president to end the program on a whim.” (09/18/23)