“Soft language” in a new agreement governing international armed drone exports could give foreign companies an advantage over U.S. industry, according to analysts.
Rachel Stohl, a senior associate at the Stimson Center, said U.S. companies are often subject to higher standards than their international competitors with respect to drone exports.
“This declaration could continue [to] result in other countries and foreign companies having an edge over U.S. companies for drone exports,” Stohl said via email. “If the standards in the joint declaration are lower than those regulating U.S. companies, then yes, there could be an adverse impact on U.S. exports.”
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