[Congressional Record Volume 166, Number 202 (Tuesday, December 1, 2020)]
[Senate]
[Page S7135]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]





                        ARMS SALES NOTIFICATION

  Mr. RISCH. Mr. President, section 36(b) of the Arms Export Control 
Act requires that Congress receive prior notification of certain 
proposed arms sales as defined by that statute. Upon such notification, 
the Congress has 30 calendar days during which the sale may be 
reviewed. The provision stipulates that, in the Senate, the 
notification of proposed sales shall be sent to the chairman of the 
Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
  In keeping with the committee's intention to see that relevant 
information is available to the full Senate, I ask unanimous consent to 
have printed in the Record the notifications which have been received. 
If the cover letter references a classified annex, then such annex is 
available to all Senators in the office of the Foreign Relations 
Committee, room SD-423.
  There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in 
the Record, as follows:

                                                  Defense Security


                                           Cooperation Agency,

                                                    Arlington, VA.
     Hon. James E. Risch,
     Chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations,
     U.S. Senate, Washington, DC.
       Dear Mr. Chairman: Pursuant to the reporting requirements 
     of Section 36(b)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as 
     amended, we are forwarding herewith Transmittal No. 20-58 
     concerning the Army's proposed Letter(s) of Offer and 
     Acceptance to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for defense 
     articles and services estimated to cost $350 million. After 
     this letter is delivered to your office, we plan to issue a 
     news release to notify the public of this proposed sale.
           Sincerely,
                                                   Heidi H. Grant,
                                                         Director.
       Enclosures.


                         Transmittal No. 20-58

     Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer Pursuant to 
         Section 36(b)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as 
         amended
       (i) Prospective Purchaser: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
       (ii) Total Estimated Value:
       Major Defense Equipment * $0 million.
       Other $350 million.
       Total $350 million.
       (iii) Description and Quantity or Quantities of Articles or 
     Services under Consideration for Purchase:
       Major Defense Equipment (MDE): None
       Non-MDE: U.S. Security Assistance Office (SAO) support 
     services to include technical assistance and advisory support 
     to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Defense (MOD) 
     for an additional five years, through the U.S. Military 
     Training Mission to Saudi Arabia (USMTM) located in Riyadh, 
     Saudi Arabia. SAO support services provided includes: Pay and 
     allowances for U.S. Military, U.S. Government, and Foreign 
     National staff members; USMTM communications support costs; 
     local contracting costs; construction and renovation costs of 
     housing area; transportation costs; U.S. Mail services 
     support costs; dependent education (grades K through 12); 
     administrative costs; temporary duty costs for USMTM 
     personnel; Value Added Taxes (VAT) assessed by Saudi Arabia; 
     future transition costs to move USMTM to a proposed new 
     housing location in Saudi Arabia; and other related elements 
     of logistical and program support.
       (iv) Military Department: Army (SR-B-ABY).
       (v) Prior Related Cases, if any: SR-B-ABV, SR-B-ABW, SR-B-
     ABX.
       (vi) Sales Commission, Fee, etc., Paid, Offered, or Agreed 
     to be Paid: None.
       (vii) Sensitivity of Technology Contained in the Defense 
     Article or Defense Services Proposed to be Sold: None.
       (viii) Date Report Delivered to Congress: December 1, 2020.
       * As defined in Section 47(6) of the Arms Export Control 
     Act.


                          POLICY JUSTIFICATION

 Saudi Arabia- Security Assistance Office (SAO) Support Services, U.S. 
                Training Mission to Saudi Arabia (USMTM)

       The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has requested U.S. Security 
     Assistance Office (SAO) support services to include technical 
     assistance and advisory support to the Kingdom of Saudi 
     Arabia's Ministry of Defense (MOD) for an additional five 
     years, through the U.S. Military Training Mission to Saudi 
     Arabia (USMTM) located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia SAO support 
     services provided includes: Pay and allowances for U.S. 
     Military, U.S. Government, and Foreign National staff 
     members; USMTM communications support costs; local 
     contracting costs; construction and renovation costs of 
     housing area; transportation costs; U.S. Mail services 
     support costs; dependent education (grades K through 12); 
     administrative costs; temporary duty costs for USMTM 
     personnel; Value Added Taxes (VAT) assessed by Saudi Arabia; 
     future transition costs to move USMTM to a proposed new 
     housing location in Saudi Arabia; and other related elements 
     of logistical and program support. The total estimated cost 
     is $350 million.
       This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals 
     and national security objectives of the United States by 
     improving the security of a friendly country that is a force 
     for political stability and economic progress in the Middle 
     East.
       This proposed sale will continue to improve Saudi Arabia's 
     capability to meet current and future threats by utilizing 
     USMTM's continued efforts to train, advise, and assist the 
     Saudi Arabian Armed Forces to build defense capacity and 
     capability through military exercises and professional 
     military education. USMTM conducts non-combat, institutional 
     advising that assists the MOD in developing, training, and 
     sustaining a capable deterrent to regional threats.
       The proposed sale of this support and services will not 
     alter the basic military balance in the region.
       There is no prime contractor associated with this proposed 
     sale. There are no known offset agreements in connection with 
     this potential sale.
       Implementation of this proposed sale will continue to 
     require the permanent assignment of approximately 330 U.S. 
     Military, U.S. Government, and Foreign National USMTM staff 
     members to Saudi Arabia. Additional Training Advisory Field 
     Teams (TAFT) and Support teams will travel to the country on 
     a temporary basis as required.
       There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness 
     as a result of this proposed sale.

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