For the defense industry, there are few better customers than Middle East states. For their governments, buying military equipment is both a way to gain advantage over regional opponents and, just as importantly, lock in the support of global powers who like to see their own defense firms win big contracts.
A former Danish prime minister on Thursday lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump for his tweet about military spending.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that alliance members increased defense spending in 2018 for the fourth year in a row, highlighting a slow turnaround amid fury from the White House that allies are overly reliant on U.S. military power.
President Trump asked for a massive increase in the Pentagon's war-fighting account in an attempt to spend more on defense.