Arms Export Control Act

The Arms Export Control Act of 1976 (AECA), 22 U.S. Code Chapter 39, is intended to help the United States foster peace by limiting the export of military weapons, equipment and services.  It is the policy of the United States to facilitate the defense of friendly countries and to prohibit the use of weapons for aggression, terrorism and other wrongdoing.  Thus, the AECA requires sale or transfer of many types of weapons, military equipment and technology be approved by the U.S. State Department.  Only transactions that are consistent with U.S. foreign policy objectives are to be approved.