U.S. Marine inspects an RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle during preflight checks at the Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii.
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President Donald Trump will soon make it easier to export some types of lethal U.S.-made drones to potentially dozens more allies and partners, according to people familiar with the plan.That delay prompted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to write to Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster to press him to expedite the policy shift to avoid losing out on sales to certain countries, an industry source and two U.S officials said.Even though Trump will stop short of completely opening up sales of top-of-the-line lethal drones, it will mark a major step toward overcoming a long-standing U.S. taboo against selling armed drones to countries other than a handful of Washington's most trusted allies.The official insisted, however, that any sales of armed drones would be in accordance with U.S. law and require that buyers adhere to international standards.U.S. officials contend that a more export-friendly approach will not only help meet Trump's 2016 campaign promise to bolster America's "defense industrial base" but also get foreign partners to take on more of their own defense costs.Trump's predecessor, President Barack Obama, introduced revised rules in 2015 aimed at increasing military drone exports.
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