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Today, French and American representatives met at Eurosatory to launch the strategic dialogue on defense trade between the United States and France. The US-French Defense Trade Strategic Group (DTSG) terms of reference were signed by the co-chairs of the DTSG. Mr. Philippe Bertoux, Director of Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs; Lieutenant General. Thierry Carlier, Director of International Development at the French Ministry of the Armed Forces; and the Honorable Jessica Lewis, Assistant Secretary for Politico-Military Affairs, US State Department. Mr. Michael Vaccaro, serving as Deputy Principal Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy (Acquisition and Sustainment) of the United States Department of Defense (DoD) was also present as Principal DoD Representative and Co-Chair of the United States – France Cooperative program management (COOP).

The DTSG co-chairs, made up of senior officials from the U.S. Department of State and Defense, the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, intend to meet annually after a second meeting of the co-chairs later this year.

To achieve the objectives shared by the French and American presidents, the DTSG intends to review subjects such as access to the defense market and the effectiveness of transnational acquisitions; export controls – including issues related to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and French export regulations; end-use monitoring programs; and international export control regimes. The DTSG will also liaise with the COOP on future discussion topics such as the cyber protection of the defense technical and industrial base.

To address these topics, the DTSG plans to build on existing bilateral cooperation groups, such as COOP, and two newly created working groups focusing on applicability and export control processes and monitoring programs. of end use. These two working groups are meeting this week in Paris on the sidelines of the meeting of the DTSG co-chairs at Eurosatory.

On the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome in October 2021, the President of the French Republic and the President of the United States affirmed the importance of stronger and more interoperable defense industrial bases in Europe and the United States. Given the global context and the new strategic challenges facing our nations, maintaining and strengthening the transatlantic partnership is essential. This requires close coordination and open dialogue between the two countries, to ensure smooth trade, fair competition and effective export controls. With the goal of fostering a shared vision of defense market access and identifying measures to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of export controls, the two governments have decided to launch the U.S. Strategic Dialogue -French on Defense Trade.

Mr. Philippe Bertoux
IGA Thierry Carlier
The Honorable Jessica Lewis
Mr. Michael Vaccaro

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