The FAA reviews a license application to determine whether it presents any issues affecting U.S. national security or foreign policy interests, or international obligations of the United States. A major element of the policy review is the interagency review of the proposal. An interagency review allows government agencies to examine the proposed operation from their unique perspectives. The FAA consults with the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and other federal agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that are authorized to address national security, foreign policy, or international obligation issues.
An applicant may submit data related to the policy review, safety review, and payload review together as a single package or separately.
Procedures for completing the Policy Review are described in 14 CFR Part 415.21 Part 415.27.
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