The Future of the Transatlantic Defense Community
January 1, 2003
The governments of the United States and Europe should work together to preserve and nurture a transatlantic technology and industrial base capable of meeting twenty-first century security challenges, according to a CSIS panel composed of members of the business, policy, and political communities from both sides of the Atlantic. Their report, The Future of the Transatlantic Defense Community, concludes the work of the CSIS Commission on Transatlantic Security and Industrial Cooperation in the Twenty-first Century, a joint U.S.-European initiative cochaired by Jean-Paul Béchat, chairman and CEO of SNECMA, and Felix G. Rohatyn, former U.S. ambassador to France. The commission consisted of 22 senior business leaders and former policymakers from the United States and Europe. The report includes a five-part agenda for action, presenting the commission's consensus recommendations, and a background paper detailing the commission's work, conclusions, and recommendations. The commission's recommended action agenda includes the following key points:
Getting better value for money but also more money for greater value;
Promoting a level playing field;
Avoiding fortresses and realigning policies;
Addressing merging industries but diverging policies; and
- Moving from industry consensus to policy implementation.