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The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces$
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Hugo Meijer and Marco Wyss

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790501

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198790501.001.0001

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Defence Industrial Cooperation

Defence Industrial Cooperation

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(p.693) 40 Defence Industrial Cooperation
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The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces
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Moritz Weiss

Felix Biermann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198790501.003.0041

This chapter examines to what extent Europe’s governments and defence contractors cooperate to provide European Armed Forces with military capabilities. Defence industrial cooperation has evolved as almost the default policy option for European powers to develop large military platforms. Yet, there is no uniform trend, but large variation across countries (for example, France versus Germany), across sectors (land versus air versus sea), and with regards to the sources of cooperation (for example, government induced versus investment driven). The chapter shows that, while the major powers dominate defence industrial cooperation both at the government and at the corporate level, the lesser powers and smaller defence firms follow the trend and participate in the supply chains of large weaponry. Finally, the chapter addresses the question whether cooperation or competition represents the most promising strategy towards a capable European Defence Technological and Industrial Base.

Keywords:   defence industries, high technologies, military platforms, supply chains, cooperation, competition, United Kingdom, France, Germany

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