Partner Countries Warn U.S. Over MEADS Spending Cutoff

Germany's top defense official on Saturday said he had joined his Italian counterpart in pressing the United States to follow through on its spending commitment for the Medium Extended Air Defense System, Reuters reported.

Lawmakers barred further MEADS appropriations in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization law, even though the Obama administration had sought a last installment of $400.9 million for the developmental antimissile system. The Pentagon does not intend to purchase any MEADS units once they become available.

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere told journalists he wanted "the United States to stick to their word and fulfill the MEADS contract."

Maiziere and his Italian equivalent communicated the point to Washington through a "pretty tough" letter, he added.

February 4, 2013
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Germany's top defense official on Saturday said he had joined his Italian counterpart in pressing the United States to follow through on its spending commitment for the Medium Extended Air Defense System, Reuters reported.