Defence industry channels in disarray
In a massive purge on November 4, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman managed to achieve what no other Saudi Arabian leader has done - sidelining people in defence circles who were not under his control. [...]
BAE Systems is Britain’s leading defence company. After winning the massive Al Yamamah contract with Saudi Arabia in the 80s, the company expanded into the US. BAE is a major player in big defence programmes such, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers and submarines.
Embroiled in the biggest scandal in its history, Kuala Lumpur is putting the brakes on negotiations for an order of new fighter jets. However behind the scenes companies hoping to land the business are continuing to do deals with their contacts on the ground. [...]
Michael T. Flynn, the charismatic former chief of the Defense Intelligence (DIA), surprised Capitol Hill over the summer by joining Donald Trump’s campaign as security advisor. The only high-ranking intelligence official to have hitched his wagon to the Republican candidate, [...]