French Defense Outsourcing

A few more eyebrow-raisers in terms of France’s defense purchases: The head of France’s procurement agency traveled to Washington over the summer to discuss the purchase of Reaper UAV drones, and the French military is anxiously awaiting delivery of a batch of already purchased Javelin missiles for use in Afghanistan. The Javelins are a minor purchase, and needed to fill an urgent operational gap. But they come on the heels of similar gaps in light-armor vehicles being filled with second-hand U.S. equipment last year. The drone purchase, on the other hand, marks a pretty significant strategic choice hanging in the […]

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