The multinational Medium-Extended Air Defense System (Meads) is suffering from lackluster backing from its U.S. Army champion, but it may be able to survive due to the Pentagon’s strong desire to publicly prove it supports international programs. The U.S. Defense Department has come under fire for protectionism from some leaders in Europe after terminating an Italian-designed Marine One helicopter, truncating purchases of Alenia Aeronautica C-27Js and—more recently—scoping the ...

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