A briefing from the Security Assistance Monitor says that the US remains the world’s largest purveyor of arms. US lawmakers and advocates have long sought to create safeguards against the misuse of the billions in US weaponry shipped abroad every year. It says that end-use monitoring (EUM) is intended to be the answer to those concerns and is aimed at satisfying statutory requirements for the US Government to provide assurances that arms are not being misused, diverted, or otherwise violating the terms of their export. Unfortunately, it says, the current EUM regime fails to address today’s concerns about the human impact of US arms transfers. The briefing is intended to give an overview of current EUM policies, dispel commonly held misconceptions of current EUM practice, and offer recommendations for how these regulations could be strengthened.
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