The United States military is gearing up for a huge equipment auction in 2019, but that won’t be a sale to a company.
The Trump administration is preparing to auction off military equipment, including weapons and munitions, to foreign military contractors, and they have to submit bids in a matter of weeks, according to two officials.
This is part of a new push to make sure the United States keeps up with foreign military contracts, which are often negotiated behind closed doors.
This will allow the government to control how much money is sent to foreign contractors, which is why the United Kingdom and France are among the nations bidding for the equipment, according a White House official who was not authorized to speak publicly.
This won’t happen with a single auction.
The Pentagon is already bidding for about $2 billion worth of munitions and equipment, but officials expect to spend more than $10 billion.
The auction is scheduled to take place in late 2019.
The Department of Defense said the money will go to the Pentagon’s Office of Security, the main office responsible for managing and tracking all of the U,S.
weapons and equipment.
The bidding will take place “at the highest bidder” — that is, it will be decided by the Pentagon itself, according the White House.
But the process of bidding for equipment has been shrouded in secrecy, which could complicate matters for the Pentagon and other agencies that are bidding on the equipment.
Under a presidential order, the Pentagon is allowed to disclose any bids made to foreign companies, including how much it paid and how much the bid was for.
The U.K. and France were among the countries that submitted bids.
The bid will go up to $3.8 billion, which means the Pentagon expects to spend about $10.3 billion on the military equipment.
But even if the bidding for military equipment is announced soon, officials have not announced exactly what the Pentagon will spend on the auction.
That could change if the Pentagon decides to take the equipment to a private company and then sell it to foreign buyers.
That would make the auction less competitive because the U the government is losing control over how much is spent, said David L. Phillips, an arms expert at the libertarian Cato Institute, which has criticized the way the government spends money.
The sale of military equipment to foreign governments is controversial.
A recent report from the libertarian-leaning National Journal found that about 10 percent of the $1.2 trillion spent by the U .
S. on weapons and ammunition last year was spent on military-related contracts with foreign governments.
“The idea that a country will buy the U.’s equipment in the same manner as if they were buying American weapons is preposterous,” said Tom Wile, the executive director of the Arms and Security Project, a Washington-based think tank.
Wile noted that many of the weapons and aircraft the U is buying abroad have been designed and built in the U and the Pentagon has already committed to buying some of them.
“It’s not clear that the U will make any significant changes to the way they build their aircraft,” he said.
The government also has been spending money on projects that it did not begin planning or paying for.
Last month, the State Department announced a $2.2 billion program to build a new air defense system for the United Arab Emirates, which had been planning to buy Russian-built MiG-29 fighter jets.
The program, called the Joint Terminal Attack Radar System, is meant to replace the F-22 Raptor and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which have been in service with the UAE since 2006.
But some analysts say the system may be a waste of money, and critics say the defense department has been slow to start using it.