For him, that means opening up defense markets that currently see 90 percent of Pentagon contracting dollars go to U.S. firms and Europeans largely spending funds at home.
NATO believes this would make the procurement process more efficient and help prevent an overall decline of the alliance’s military capabilities due to current global financial stress.
“We need equal opportunities for European Union and American defense companies to compete across the Atlantic,” he said.
Rasmussen called for a package of multilateral measures to be ready for consideration at the Chicago NATO summit in May 2012.
Rasmussen praised President Barack Obama’s reform of export licensing programs, which could increase U.S. contractors’ reach in Europe.
Including the U.S., NATO has 28 member countries.