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U.S., Estonia strengthening defense technology collaboration

The United States and Estonia are to cooperate more closely on defense technology development.

By Richard Tomkins

WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- The United States and Estonia are strengthening their cooperation in research and technological development in the field of defense.

The U.S. Defense Department said an agreement to reinforce collaborative efforts was signed Wednesday by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO, Jim Townsend, and Estonian Ambassador to the United States Eerik Marmei.

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"The agreement facilitates collaborative efforts to enhance defense capabilities across a wide spectrum of activities, including basic and applied research, advanced technology development, advanced component and prototype development, system development and demonstration, and evolutionary acquisition and spiral development," Defense Department spokesperson Henrietta Levin said.

"It also permits the establishment of working groups and the transfer of equipment and material to improve collaboration and innovation."

"Estonia is renowned for its leadership in cyber-security, e-governance, and innovation," Levin said, "and is home to revolutionary communications companies and innovative defense-technology companies."

Additional details were not disclosed.

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