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U.S. Will Allow Export of Armed Drones

Feb 17, 2015

The State Department announced new policies Tuesday stipulating that U.S. drones can only be exported through government programs and that the receiving country needs to agree to certain conditions about what the drone will be used for.

Under the new rules, exports of armed military drones must be made through government entities and the nations receiving the devices must agree to "end-use assurances," according to the State Department.

"The new U.S. UAS [unmanned aerial systems] export policy provides a disciplined and rigorous framework within which the United States will exercise restraint in sales and transfers and advance its national security and foreign policy interests," says a State Department fact sheet.

These new proposals come amid increasing controversy and uncertainty over the use of drones, after one crashed onto the White House lawn last month.

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