04 May 2014

'Maddening' mission: Keeping NATO's interoperability on track | RallyPoint.com

Military News - 'Maddening' mission: Keeping NATO's interoperability on track

Image Copyright: Courtesy Allied Land Command

By Nancy Montgomery
Copyright: Stars and Stripes

VICENZA, Italy — Just a year after standing up its new Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey, NATO learned last fall that the Turkish government was planning to purchase a new missile defense system — from China.

That was problematic, because the Chinese manufacturer was under U.S. sanctions for supplying missiles to Iran and Syria. Even worse from NATO’s perspective were the cyber-security concerns raised by the new system.

NATO top diplomats warned Turkish officials that the Chinese system was a no-go. So did top U.S. NATO commanders.

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