U.S.-Europe rift unlikely to affect industrial ties.The falling out between the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , France and Germany over the war in Iraq has prompted fears that defense industrial relationships will suffer.
EADS EADS European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V.
EADS Expeditionary Air Defense System (USMC)
EADS Extended Air Defense Systems
EADS Environmental Assessment Data System
EADS Echelons Above Division Study North America--a holding company of the European Aeronautic aer·o·nau·tic also aer·o·nau·ti·cal
Of or relating to aeronautics.
aero·nau Defense & Space Co. EADS--has been the target of numerous questions about how the rift will affect business in the U.S. defense market. Ralph Crosby, chief executive officer of EADS North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , said that he has not seen any direct impact of the political warring on Iraq on the company's business plan.
"We are very sensitive in the environment, and we have observed very closely," he said at a recent media breakfast.
"We are not a French company. That is the first thing that I tell people. We are a global aerospace company," he noted. "When you look, we are in Germany, Dance, Spain and the United States. We are pretty well dispersed dis·perse
v. dis·persed, dis·pers·ing, dis·pers·es
a. To drive off or scatter in different directions: The police dispersed the crowd.
EADS was formed in 2000 by a merger of Aerospatiale Matta of France, Daimler Chrysler Aerospace of Germany and Construcciones Aeronauticas of Spain. EADS North America last month, consolidated all its activities into a holding company. Its most visible footprint in the U.S. right now, apart from its Airbus operations, is the Coast Guard's Deepwater program, specifically to provide upgraded HH-65 Dolphin helicopters and CN-235 aircraft. He said that, by opening a company in North America, EADS has made a "multi-year commitment to this market place."
Crosby mentioned the letter that Pete Aldridge, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics wrote to Congress in which he asked that the U.S. stay committed to its cooperative programs The Cooperative Program is a unified funds collection program of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) designed to support SBC seminaries, mission agencies and denominational ministries. .
"If Pete Aldridge can stand up and say that in the middle of the war, I am certainly pleased to say that we are going to play our role to support that," he said. According to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Crosby, the real question is how long the dispute would last. "My tendency is to believe that the half-life will be shorter than longer," he said.