Magazine article National Defense

U.S.-Europe Defense 'Technology Gap' Here to Stay, Says Attache

Magazine article National Defense

U.S.-Europe Defense 'Technology Gap' Here to Stay, Says Attache

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Competition for global arms sales between the United States and European allies can be beneficial for players on both sides of the Atlantic, said Italian Defense and Air Attache Brig. Gen. Giuseppe Bernardis.

He addressed a recent luncheon of defense industrialists in Washington, DC, sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association.

Bernardis does not believe the rapid consolidation of defense firms both in the United States and Europe should trigger any fears of a "fortress Europe,, or a "fortress America."

On the widely reported concerns by the Pentagon that Europe will shut out American firms from its defense market, Bernardis seemed dubious. "Does anybody really believe this?" he said, with surprise evident in his voice. "Competition is a good thing ... In the United States, for example, Lockheed competes with Boeing. Then they cooperate when they need to. It's the same way between countries," he reasoned.

Nevertheless, he added, the much discussed "technology gap" between U.S. forces and European allies will continue to exist until the political leaders of Europe decided to increase funding for new weapons platforms and to modernize for current systems. …

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