EADS: Partner or proliferator?

In this paper, the Center argues that the U.S.’s involvement with European defense conglomerate EADS poses potentially serious problems for our security.  For example, although EADS routinely bids for U.S. defense contracts, it sells military equipment to Iran and China, and has even been fingered in a scheme in which Iran purchased nuclear weapons parts.

If EADS wants to be a legitimate, reliable partner for the U.S., it must stop its dangerous and irresponsible behavior, plain and simple.  Its bribery, corruption, proliferation, and anti-Americanism need to come to an end.  Also, it must fully make clear the extent to which Putin’s Russia – which owns a substantial part of the company – is capable of guiding EADS policy.

Until these behaviors are changed, the U.S. has every right to deny EADS a role in our national security.

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