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Trans-Atlantic military cooperation gets complicated in Afghanistan
PARIS -- The annual Munich Security Conference is regularly the scene for the complaints of American official and semi-official participants deploring Europe's failure "to pull its weight" in defense, "free-riding" on American efforts, and failing to spend more money on trans-Atlantic arms purchases. Instead they spend money on their own-make arms and military aircraft, such as the French Rafale and EADS' Eurofighter, which they sell to such overseas markets as India that might otherwise buy American.
September 30, 2013