Well, what will the Europeans come up with? Their own ability to defend themselves?


s Europe presses ahead with creating a more unified defense force, US politicians and arms makers are sounding the alarm. “Certainly we do not want this to be a protectionist vehicle for the EU,” Kay Bailey Hutchison, the US envoy to NATO, told reporters in Brussels on Tuesday. “We are going to watch carefully because, if that becomes the case, then it could splinter the strong security alliance that we have.”
Late last year, 25 EU member states agreed to launch the Permanent Structure Cooperation (PESCO) to advance defense cooperation in the European Union. PESCO was pushed through largely at Germany’s behest. Under the plan, European governments have come up with 17 relatively small projects including a €5 billion fund for military research.
It will be one of the hot topics discussed at the Munich Security Conference, the annual gathering of global security and defense policymakers and experts which runs from February 16 to 18. US Defense Secretary James Mattis, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen will be among the attendees.

The Americans have reason to be concerned. EU leaders have agreed that the joint defense research fund being set up must support research by firms based in the EU and owned by Europeans, and that the rights to new technologies developed must remain in the EU on a permanent basis.

We want the Europeans to have capabilities and strength, but not to fence off American products. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the US envoy to NATO.
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