DoD Needs to be Open to Foreign-Made Systems: Carter

February 16, 2012

The U.S. Defense Department needs to be more open to purchasing foreign-made weapons and equipment, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said.

During a Feb. 15 speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington, Carter noted he saw Army UH-72 Lakota helicopters this week while at the Pentagon helipad. The aircraft are built by European defense giant EADS in the United States.

"We have to be open to that," he said. "It's good for competition, good for technology." 

Carter, who previously served as the Pentagon's top weapons buyer, said there are administrative factors that make this difficult. 

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