Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Mohammed Al-Ayesh meets US Defense Secretary James Mattis (R) next to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (L) during a meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 15, 2017.

The Pentagon announced it will bill Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates $331 million after undercharging the two countries for U.S. aerial refueling of their aircraft in the Yemen civil war.

The news came in the wake of reports that the Senate passed a resolution to end U.S. military aid to the Saudi-led coalition and another to condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“U.S. Central Command reviewed its records and found errors in accounting where we failed to charge the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates adequately for fuel and refueling services,” Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said in a statement Thursday.

U.S. Central Command, Rebarich said, is “in the process of seeking reimbursement from” the two countries for $36.8 million in fuel and $294.3 million in flight hours. “Our partners have been individually notified about our intent to seek reimbursement, and have been given estimates as to how much they owe,” she said.

The admission follows an inquiry by Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., that prompted the Department of Defense to acknowledge last month that U.S. Central Command had improperly tracked the costs for aerial refueling services. Reed welcomed the DoD’s announcement Thursday and said it made the case for strict oversight.

“This is good news for U.S. taxpayers and underscores the need for strong oversight of the Department of Defense,” Reed, the ranking member the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. “The American people should not be forced to bear these costs and I am encouraged DoD is taking steps to get full reimbursement.”

Earlier this year, Reed asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in a letter with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and others, for a “full accounting of reimbursements by both the UAE and Saudi Arabia for inflight refueling assistance.”

The lawmakers also raised questions because Congress was never notified through the State Department that Washington and Riyadh had entered into an acquisition and cross-servicing agreement, or ACSA, for refueling services. Pentagon attorneys told lawmakers that U.S. Central Command and Riyadh were operating under a provisional ACSA that was never finalized.

Arms Industries

@armsindustries #AI

You must be logged in to post a comment.

FFL/SOT TERMS & CONDITIONS

This is a controlled item and requires shipping to an authorized Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder. It is your ultimate responsibility to ensure you are in compliance with all rules and regulations that apply to the purchase of firearms and ammunition.

Once you have completed the checkout process and submitted your order, contact your preferred FFL dealer and request they submit a signed copy of their FFL to us via email to ffl@armsindustries.com. To ensure order accuracy, please remember to include your name and order number when emailing us. Failure to do so may delay processing your order.

Please Note: All items in this order will be shipped together. If you have non-FFL items on this order that you would like shipped directly to you, please place them on a separate order.

There will be a 30% restocking fee for all controlled items returned due to a failed background check or a denied underage purchase.

Federal law requires that you be 21 years or age or older to purchase a stripped receiver or frame. If a frame or receiver can only be made into a long gun (rifle or shotgun), it is still a frame or receiver not a handgun or long gun. However, they still are "firearms" by definition, and subject to the same GCA limitations as any other firearms. See Section 921(a)(3)(b). 18 U.S.C. Section 922(b)(1) makes it unlawful for a licensee to sell any firearm other than a shotgun or rifle to any person under the age of 21.

For more information, please see How to Buy a Gun Online

How to Purchase NFA Items

0

Checkout Instructions

Please Read Carefully

STEP 1 – For security, customers billing name and shipping address MUST match that of the credit card used for payment. Shipping address reflects billing address associated with your credit card, NOT the shipping address of your FFL dealer.

NOTE: If your order includes a firearm, whether you know your preferred FFL dealers contact information or not, please read “STEP 2” below carefully then proceed with checkout process.

STEP 2 – Once you have completed the checkout process and submitted your order online order to us, contact your preferred FFL dealer and request they submit a signed copy of their FFL to us via email to ffl@armsindustries.com. In an effort to ensure order accuracy, please remember to request they include your name and order number when emailing us. Failure to do so may delay processing of your order.