Arms Sales Notifications
The Arms Export Control Act of 1976 gives the President of the United States the authority to control the import and export of defense articles and defense services. It requires governments that receive weapons from the U.S. to use them for legitimate self-defense. Under the direction of the President, the Department of Defense publishes the unclassified text of arms sales certifications in the Federal Register. The certifications notify the Congress and the public that proposed arms sales would not contribute to an arms race, aid in the development of weapons of mass destruction, support international terrorism, increase the possibility of outbreak or escalation of conflict, or prejudice the development of bilateral or multilateral arms control or nonproliferation agreements or other arrangements.