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Defence briefing— Global

Preface

Monocle reports from the IDEX arms fair in Abu Dhabi, and why the US should support struggling nations against insurgents.

Abu Dhabi, Cochin Shipyard, US defence department

Great guns

Abu Dhabi [DEFENCE]

Step through the doors of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) and you’re transported into a parallel universe where there’s no such thing as a global recession.

The latest biennial International Defence Exhibition (IDEX), held in the UAE capital in late February, is a temple to government consumerism and the guest list of companies ­displaying their wares reads like a who’s who of the defence industry. Virtually every major ­defence manufacturer has some kind of presence at the show (the only real exception…

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