Magazine article National Defense

U.S.-Europe Rift Unlikely to Affect Industrial Ties

Magazine article National Defense

U.S.-Europe Rift Unlikely to Affect Industrial Ties

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The falling out between the United States, France and Germany over the war in Iraq has prompted fears that defense industrial relationships will suffer.

EADS North America--a holding company of the European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co. EADS--has been the target of numerous questions about how the rift will affect business in the U.S. defense market. Ralph Crosby, chief executive officer of EADS North America, said that he has not seen any direct impact of the political warring on Iraq on the company's business plan.

"We are very sensitive in the environment, and we have observed very closely," he said at a recent media breakfast.

"We are not a French company. That is the first thing that I tell people. We are a global aerospace company," he noted. "When you look, we are in Germany, Dance, Spain and the United States. We are pretty well dispersed."

EADS was formed in 2000 by a merger of Aerospatiale Matta of France, Daimler Chrysler Aerospace of Germany and Construcciones Aeronauticas of Spain. …

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