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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 17, 1995
                               FACT SHEET
            Criteria for Decisionmaking on U.S. Arms Exports

Given the complexities of arms transfer decisions and the multiple U.S. interests involved in each arms transfer decision, the U.S. Government will continue to make arms transfer decisions on a case-by-case basis. These reviews will be guided by the criteria below.

General Criteria

All arms transfer decisions will take into account the following criteria:

Upgrade Criteria

Upgrades of equipment -- particularly that of former Soviet-bloc manufacture -- is a growing segment of the market. The U.S. government should support U.S. firms' participation in that market segment to the extent consistent with our own national security and foreign policy interests. In addition to the above general criteria, the following guidelines will govern U.S. treatment of upgrades: