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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: U.S. Is World's Biggest Arms Dealer (fwd)

> U.S. Is World's Biggest Arms Dealer 
> Associated Press Writer 
> WASHINGTON (AP) -- A strong string of purchases by developing
> countries helped keep the United States at the forefront of international
> sales in 1996, according to a congressional report. 
> The United States racked up $11.3 billion in global arms sales, with $7.3
> billion coming from developing countries, the Congressional Research
> Service said in an annual study released this week. 
> U.S. sales to developing countries nearly doubled such receipts from Russia,
> which in 1995 outpaced the United States. Of the $4.6 billion Russia made
> in 1996 through global arms sales, $3.9 billion came from purchases by
> developing countries, the report said. 
> In 1995, Russia ``happened to have concluded some rather expensive
> contracts with some developing countries,'' said Richard Grimmett, a CRS
> defense specialist who wrote the report. 
> ``Last year, I suggested that this was a temporary development,'' Grimmett
> said in an interview Friday. ``Over the long term, the United States has
> created more relationships, whereas the Russians were very dependent on
> Cold War allies, many of which are no longer able to afford'' new weapons. 
> Britain placed second in the 1996 arms sales race with $4.8 billion in total
> sales, $1.8 billion of which was credited to developing countries. 
> ``This report shows who the major arms sellers are and who the key players
> are in the international market,'' Grimmett said. 
> The report found overall global arms sales totaled $31.8 billion in 1996,
> sales to developing countries making up $19.3 billion of that amount. 
> Between 1989 and 1996, the United States outpaced its competitors in sales
> to developing countries with $88.8 billion in new contracts -- a number
> adjusted to constant 1996 dollars. 
> By contrast, Russia saw $49.6 billion in new contracts during that
> span, France had 30.5 billion, Britain reported $10.5 billion and China
> posted $7.6 billion, the report found. 
> Of the developing countries that purchased weapons in 1996, India topped
> the list with $2.5 billion in purchases. Egypt spent $2.4 billion; Saudi
> $1.9 billion; South Korea, $1.2 billion, and Indonesia, $1 billion. 
>J.J. Johnson
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>Suite 300
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