New foreign minister Faisal bin Farhan knows defence industry
Saudi Arabia's new foreign minister has solid relationships in the West, particularly with the US defence industry. [...]
The US aeronautical company, which moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001, is in both the civil and military sectors, like its European rival Airbus. At the heart of the US defence industry, Boeing has powerful contacts in Capitol Hill and at the White House.
Petro Poroshenko's defeat in Ukraine's presidential elections last month has triggered intense in-fighting between the defence industry's established movers and shakers and newcomers keen to get in on the action. Western allies and defence companies are watching with trepidation. [...]