Military Capabilities

Forge ahead with European defence capability development but with new channels to US, says report

29 January 2020

A new report by the Friends of Europe policy group has argued that the European Union should march toward its own defence capability goals even if US industry is left out of certain European projects. At the same time, however, it urges the EU to forge new co-operative links to the United States via the European Defence Agency (EDA) or by setting up joint research into crucial defence technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and space vehicle protection.

The EU “should press ahead with the EDF [European Defence Fund] and PESCO [Permanent Structured Co-operation in defence] without being unduly swayed by the US objections, which in part reflect industrial lobbying”, it says.

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