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Letter Sent to State & Defense Depts.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent a letter to the Secretary of State and Acting Secretary of Defense requesting that the two officials answer 13 questions related to how US weapons ended up in the hands of unintended actors in Yemen. Among the questions asked by the Senator were clarifications as to how the Pentagon monitors unapproved ‘re-transfers’ of weapons after sales have been finalized, and thoughts as to whether Congress should impose “end-use monitoring” agreements on Arms Sales. The letter gives a March 8, 2019 deadline for answers.

Senator Warren is currently pursuing the Democratic nomination for President in 2020, and this letter comes as yet another example of how the Senator has used her position on the Armed Services Committee to beef-up her foreign policy credentials.