Europe has had to rely on American support to resolve two military conflicts, one in Libya and the other in Mali. France has learned from this and intends to order military drones from the United States to increase its capabilities by the end of 2013. The rest of Europe has not learned the lesson and two European projects to develop drones have been scrapped in the last 18 months. This will have long-term consequences as European industry is left behind.

<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 150%; text-align: justify; text-indent: 0cm;"><i>The Mali crisis has demonstrated again how critically dependent European military forces...

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Dr. Uwe Nerlich
The technological competitiveness of the European Union remains a paramount common goal, yet there is reluctance all round when it comes to military uses, let alone technologies which only serve a military purpose
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