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07 February 2002

Text: U.S., Canada Sign Agreement on Joint Strike Fighter

(Joint Strike Fighter is largest Dept. of Defense acquisition program)
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On February 7, the United States and Canada -- represented by U.S.
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
Edward Aldridge, Jr., and his Canadian counterpart Assistant Deputy
Minister for Material Alan Williams, respectively -- signed a
memorandum of understanding committing Canada to participate in the
Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) system development and demonstration phase.
The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a press release the same day,
announcing U.S.-Canadian cooperation on the JSF program. "This
agreement serves just about every facet of our two countries' national
security imperatives," Aldridge said. Williams added that the project
"will enhance interoperability with U.S. and allied forces."
Following is a text of the DOD press release:
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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Contact: (703) 697-5131 -- media; (703) 697-5737 (public/industry)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2002
U.S., CANADA SIGN AGREEMENT ON JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
Edward C. "Pete" Aldridge, Jr., and his Canadian counterpart Assistant
Deputy Minister for Materiel Alan Williams today signed a memorandum
of understanding committing Canada to participate in the Joint Strike
Fighter (JSF) system development and demonstration phase.
This signed agreement will span the next 10 years and highlights the
growing international impact of the JSF program. The U.S. and Canada
acquisition chiefs also exchanged letters that outline the two allies'
overall vision for long-term cooperation on the JSF.
"This agreement serves just about every facet of our two countries'
national security imperatives," said Aldridge. "Not just in terms of
air dominance, but also interoperability, defense transformation,
modernization, cost reduction, acquisition excellence, and the health
of our industrial bases. This is a great day for both our countries."
Additionally, Canada's Williams said, "This is an important agreement
for both the Department of National Defence and Canadian industry.
This project will enhance interoperability with U.S. and allied
forces, and will provide opportunities for Canadian industry to
participate in this cutting-edge aerospace project."
The Joint Strike Fighter, the largest DoD acquisition program, also
sets new standards in development of manufacturing technologies,
acquisition and business practices, and export licensing. This MOU
also partners Canadian industry with U.S. and United Kingdom
industries. The United Kingdom signed the first JSF MOU last year.
With Canada's participation in the program, U.S. industry has also
sought teaming arrangements in Canada with strong opportunities for
involvement not just in this phase, but also in the follow-on
production.
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(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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