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An "aviator" in the "Industry Market" department of the Defense Agency

(B2) Arturo Alfonso-Meiriño is due to take up the post of “Industry and Market” director at the European Defense Agency at the beginning of January. Until now, he was number 2 in this direction alongside Ulf Hammarström, whom he will now replace. It is an aeronautics specialist who arrives at this position.

One of the A400M negotiators. Born in 1955, he graduated from the Spanish Air Military Academy in 1977 and also graduated in economics from the University of Madrid in 1982. In addition to his various functions in the Spanish Air Force, he was involved in several international programs defense cooperation. Liaison officer at the Us-Navy in Philadelphia, he ensures the financial and logistical management of the Spanish EF-18 Hornet program. In 1992, he was appointed to the NATO agency responsible for managing the Eurofighter and Typhoon program (Netma) in Munich, as financial specialist for the Typhoon EF-2000 program. In 2000, he moved to Toulouse to the Interim International Program Office responsible for negotiating the development, production and initial logistics support contract with Airbus Industry for the construction of the future A400M military aircraft, then transferred to Occar where he is responsible for commercial aspects and deputy director.

The “Industry and Market” directorate at the European Defense Agency – based in Brussels – is rather strategic because it works to create a European defense equipment market mainly through an intergovernmental public procurement regime and supports the restructuring and strengthening of the so-called  European defense industrial and technological base.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).