US urges defense companies to back democracy

US urges defense companies to back democracy


Western defense companies need to have a rooting interest in the geopolitical competition between the U.S.-led democratic allies and authoritarian regimes, a top U.S. defense official warned.

“We want private-sector innovation to succeed; we need the private sector to feel the same way about democracy because neither can thrive unless the other survives, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks told a defense industry conference on the sidelines of the NATO leaders summit in Washington, D.C. “And, we want both to continue to long endure.”

Russia’s launch of a full-scale war in Ukraine in 2022 spurred NATO allies to send a huge array of military equipment to the embattled Ukrainian forces, but the protracted struggle has exposed the inadequacies of defense companies that slashed production after the

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