Transatlantic defence cooperation
Interview with Assistant Secretary
General for Defence Investment, Mr. Robert Gregory Bell
In this interview, Mr. Bell explains the role of NATO's new Defence
Investment Division, the problems hindering transatlantic defence cooperation,
and the efforts being made to close the technological gap between the
United States and other NATO members. He talks about how the US campaign
in Iraq has affected these efforts as well as the role of NATO's new Allied
Command Transformation in this regard.
|Mr Bell, you are at the head of the
new Defence Investment Division, which was previously called Defence
Support. Could you explain what this name change signifies and why
it has taken place at this point in time?
|What are your main objectives in
this area for the near to mid-future?
|One of the ongoing problems within
the Alliance is the growing technological gap between the United States
and other NATO members. What are the key aspects of this problem and
how should they be addressed?
|Has the current international context,
after the US campaign in Iraq, hindered efforts to improve transatlantic
defence industrial cooperation in any way?
|What role will the new Allied Command
Transformation have in assisting in greater defence cooperation between
Europe and the US?
|European Union members have started
to coordinate their defence efforts by pooling assets for instance.
How much further do they need to develop cooperation to be militarily
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