U.S. military sales abroad include nearly 13,000 active "cases" involving about 225 countries with sales totaling $34.8 billion in 2011, according to Charles Taylor, a spokesman for the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which executes the sales.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960
The dispute could have "severe implications" for U.S. national security and that of U.S. partners including Israel, warned Senator Richard Lugar, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, a private group that describes itself as dedicated to strengthening Israel and other like-minded democracies, voiced concern over the revised State Department policy.
The main expression of Congressional support for Israel has been foreign aid.
Since 1985, it has provided nearly $3 billion in grants annually to Israel, with Israel being the largest annual recipient of American aide.