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Whitney & the EDA React to CSIS Report on European Defense Industry

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The EU’s European Defense Agency (EDA) has an ambitious agenda to rationalize Europe’s defense industry and open up arms procurement, even as observers note Europe’s steadily-declining military capabilities that are trending toward a crisis point of relevance. DID recently covered a major defence-related report from the transatlantic CSIS think-tank, and EDA head Nick Whitney’s response to that report helps underline the overall thrust of his agency’s efforts. As he noted, in the midst of a generally positive reaction to CSIS’ document: “…governments and industries have distinct roles – and things generally go along better if both parties remember that. The EDA is a creation of governments – so, in addressing the industrial and technological aspects of European defence integration as you have asked me to do, I shall concentrate on some of the challenges that I believe European defence ministries – my shareholders – are faced with.” DID has summarized these seven challenges as follows; the full entries can be found in the text of Whitney’s speech: * The first is to place the right requirements on industry. * Second, governments have an obligation to try to point the way ahead. * Third, governments must pool their requirements. * Fourth, […]

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