The Air Force’s share of international military sales increased dramatically in 2017, part of an overall US arms sale total of $41.93 billion this year. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency
in late November announced the 2017 total—an increase of about $8.3 billion from 2016—proving the US is the “global provider of choice” for security cooperation. The Air Force alone accounted for $27 billion of that total, an increase of nearly 213 percent from 2016, Brig. Gen. Gregory Gutterman, the director of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, told
National Defense Magazine. The biggest sale of the year was of 36 F-15QAs to Qatar, which accounted for $12 billion. “Twenty-seven billion, that’s a great number,” Gutterman told National Defense. “If you look at the Fortune 500, McDonald’s sold $24 billion worth of hamburgers last year, and we brought in $27 billion worth of military revenue.” —Brian Everstine
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