ABU DHABI – While at IDEX 2015, managing director James Tinsley and principal Alek Jovovic sat down with Defense News’ Joe Gould to discuss defense industry trends concerning the Arabian Gulf states and former Soviet satellite states in light of Russian aggression.“The Rafale sale, I think, sent the message that even for key US allies that get [foreign military sales] and industry investment from the US, they’re still looking to diversify.”—James Tinsley
From Egypt’s purchase of French Rafale’s twinjet fighters, to the UAE-Ukraine technical cooperation deal, to Poland, Bulgaria and Serbia turning away from Russian defense support, Tinsley and Jovovic mapped out the need for joint ventures, consolidation of national defense industries to relationship building across regions.
Both gentlemen commented on the US’ Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) presence at the show. Tinsley pointed out that the DSCA has been slow to react to the Ukrainian crisis, and that Ukrainian president Poroshenko met directly with Frank Kendall, the DoD’s top weapons buyer: “It might be a degree of frustration with political mechanisms within the Department of State, Department of Defense and political leadership to say, ‘I want to go right to the guy who is supposed to sell weapons — because I would like to buy them.”
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