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Topic - Claude-France Arnould
Then-Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' recent appeal for Europe to shoulder more of the West's defense burden was an important "wake-up call" for European nations, as they weigh draconian defense-budget cuts, the chief of the European Defense Agency said Monday.
"A major impulse has been given," Ms. Arnould said, adding that the ministers had agreed on the need to develop a defense capability collectively.
The areas discussed included joint pilot training, naval logistics, maritime patrols, maintenance and shared infrastructure, she said.