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The American-Danish Business Council and the Embassy of Denmark in Washington Put Focus on Cooperation Between Danish and U.S. Defense Companies.

4.29.2016  17:45
From April 10-15, 2016, Danish companies went on a joint series of company visits in Michigan, Washington DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City. On April 12, as part of the overall program, the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, DC held a special event hosted by the American-Danish Business Council. The event focused on sharing knowledge and cooperation within the defense industry.

A tight budget in the U.S. defense means a growing interest in solutions that are innovative, solid and financially viable. Danish companies are able to promote Danish defense utilities by offering solutions that are innovative and cost-saving as well as scaleable to U.S. conditions. 

Along with the event at the Embassy, company visits and single sessions to a series of American defense companies helped to facilitate contact between companies across the Atlantic, and furthermore to give Danish companies the opportunity to learn more about Danish core competencies in demand in the U.S. defense industry.    

“Throughout the past many years, we have gained valuable experience and knowledge within sectors such as energy optimization, which is now in demand by the American defense industry. Through the series of company visits, single sessions and the event at the Embassy on April 12, we were able to create the right circumstances for sharing experience and facilitating contact between Danish defense companies and the U.S. defense industry. Our hope is that Danish companies can learn more about the U.S. market for defense industry, and in turn, that the U.S. defense sector is made aware of how Danish solutions are applicable in the development of new material,” Ambassador of Denmark to the U.S. Lars Gert Lose says.

From April 10-15 the overall program for the participating companies was concentrated on visits to companies specializing in solutions within the defense industry. First stop was made at General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights. Next, the participating companies visited BAE Systems and Raytheon, along with L-3.

Among the key speakers for the event at the Embassy of Denmark on April 12, were Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy André Gudger, former editor of Defense News, Vago Muradian, and Todd Harrison from CSIS. General Peter Bartram, Chief of Defence Denmark, further briefed the participating guests about the future of Danish defense.

The following days after the event, the delegation of defense companies continued their visits at Boeing in Philadelphia, PA, Lockheed Martin in Moorestown, NJ and Telephonics in Farmingdale, NY before the final visit at Bloomberg in New York on April 15.

If you have questions or would like to be considered as a future subject for a visit by representatives from the Danish defense industry, please do not hesitate to contact Lieutenant Colonel Per Lyse Rasmussen, Defense Industrial Cooperation Attaché, Direct +1 (202) 797-5336 or E-mail: PELYRA@UM.DK

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