U. S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James on Tuesday pledged to step up efforts to expedite the sale of weapons overseas amid a surge in export orders notably from countries in the conflict-ridden Middle East.

“We’ve been talking with industry partners about speeding up our own approvals when it comes to foreign military sales,” Ms. James told reporters at the Dubai Air Show.

Defense industry officials have grown frustrated about the slow pace of gaining approvals for deals with Pentagon officials are overwhelmed by a surge in requests for exports. […]