NATO: Hassle over Hardware

A military alliance needs "hardware," and there is some nagging disagreement as to who should be NATO's chief supplier. The British complain bitterly that the U.S. is crowding them out of more and more arms deals, particularly with West Germany. "Tried and proved British weapons," cried London's Sunday Telegraph, "have been pushed out of Germany by political and economic pressure from the U.S."

Stung by a succession of U.S. sales coups, the British are worried that their weapons eventually will be squeezed out of Europe, and that their technology, lacking outlets, will wither....

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