"Over the last fiscal year, authorized arms exports rose by a total of 13 percent to $192.3 billion, adding thousands of jobs to the US economy and sustaining many thousands more," the release said on Thursday.
Government-to-government sales increased by 33 percent, from $41.93 billion in 2017 to $55.6 billion in 2018. Direct Commercial Sales increased 6.6 percent, from $128.1 billion in 2017 to $136.6 billion in 2018, the release added.
The State Department attributed part of this increase to US President Donald Trump's new Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) policy, which was released in April 2018. This policy ensures that allies and partners have "prompt access" to US defense materiel.