The group heard from Rear Admiral Rees Ward, Chief Executive of ADS, which represents the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space Industries, and from Mr Tom McKane, Director General Security Policy, and Air Marshal Steve Hillier, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Capability), Ministry of Defence. It also held discussions with the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards.
The group discussed a range of issues but focused on progress in the implementation of the 2010 bilateral defence treaties between France and the United Kingdom, co-operation in the defence industry, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones), missiles, especially anti-ship missiles, cyber security, the forthcoming joint exercise Corsican Lion and the Sahel and Mali.
The next meeting will take place in Paris in 2013.
French Senate: Olivier Delamare Deboutteville, Clerk of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces, [email protected]
French National Assembly: François-Xavier Carabelli, Daniel Bokobza, Clerks of the Defence Committee, [email protected], [email protected]
House of Lords: Kathryn Colvin, Clerk of the EU Sub-Committee for External Relations, [email protected]
House of Commons: Alda Barry, Clerk of the Defence Committee, [email protected]
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