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The Americans closely follow the work of the Defense Agency

(BRUSSELS2) The national armaments directors of the European Union met at the European Defense Agency, Thursday May 10, for a board meeting devoted to the various ongoing pooling and sharing projects – such as refueling in flight -, the Sesar system, drones, defense markets, drones... Shortly before, they were able to speak informally with the US Under-Secretary of Commerce, Eric Hirschhorn.

European arms directors were also “briefed” on the new American initiative to control arms exports. A reform which aims to reduce the procedure for purchasing parts and components in the United States, and to improve military interoperability between the United States and its friends and allies, while better controlling exports. to the countries of greatest concern. The United States therefore plans, explained Hirschhorn, “to revise the export control lists more precisely”.

A presence that becomes a habit. The Americans, very interested in European developments in terms of capabilities, now do not want to miss a single ounce. We know that the Air-to-Air Refueling project was the subject of a little “ping-pong” between NATO and the European Union. A frank and friendly discussion – as they say in diplomatic terms. This project developed at European level would also have been supported by the Atlantic Alliance. He has had to convince the Americans of the interest in seeing this project developed by the Europeans » an expert on the matter explained to me.

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).