Before proceeding to the chapters that address specific aspects of the European Union’s (EU) involvement in defense industry matters, it is necessary to describe some of the major characteristics of Europe’s defense industry, as well as recent trends in this sector. This exercise should help to develop an appreciation for the magnitude of the international forces acting upon Europe’s defense industry, as will be discussed in Chapter 4. This chapter also provides an important background to Chapter 6, which will examine the views of defense industry executives and other interest groups. Business leaders have different ideas about an EU role in defense industry matters. The following discussion provides the context that has helped to shape their opinions on this subject.
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