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Boeing’s Jeffrey Kohler: Canada Could Help With US Ground-Based Defense Program

Jeffrey Kohler
Jeffrey Kohler

Jeffrey Kohler, vice president of international business development at Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said Canadian involvement in the development of or support for the U.S. missile defense system could generate additional work for the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program, Defense News reported Sunday.

David Pugliese writes the company is the GMD system’s prime contractor.

“Within the context of NORAD Next, I can see that as a great opportunity,” said Kohler, referring to the initiative that seeks to provide direction for the cross-border alliance in the next decade.

According to Defense News, Canadian lawmakers are mulling a June 16 senate committee report pushing the country to be a part of its neighbor’s ballistic missile defense efforts.

Authors of the 33-page report suggest becoming direct or indirect partners in the initiative as a way to respond to evolving threats.

The report indicated several options, such as contributing research on ballistic missiles technology, providing X-band radar site locations or helping building surveillance missions in the Arctic via new systems and technology.

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