Major non-NATO ally

Major non-NATO ally is a designation given by the US to enable countries to enter into cooperative research and development project with the Department of Defense (DoD) on a shared-cost basis, participate in counterterrorism initiatives and purchase depleted uranium anti-tank rounds. The designation also expedites export process of space technology and permissions for designated country’s corporations to bid on certain DoD contracts for repair and maintain military equipment outside the US. A bill was recently introduced to terminate this designation to Pakistan.