Friday, June 1, 2007

Update Madness - 1 June 2007

Faithful readers, the Army is sending me to Stockholm next week and around France the week after. Before you send me a nasty-gram advising me to "stop bragging" about my "awesome job," I will have you know that neither trip will be particularly enjoyable. If you think the politics of defense procurement are ugly here in the United States, imagine what it is like in Europe where most of the defense giants are partially or completely state owned.

Then add to that the years of fridged relations with the Continent since the 2003 invasion of Iraq and you will probably start to see what I mean. Things have improved some now that the Rumster is out of the Pentagon, but it will be another year or two before those in the security cooperation community can shed their bureaucratic parkas.

Worst of all, I will spend 15-20 hours in meetings with a bunch of Swedish defense officials. I seriously doubt any of them will look like this:

I will be back for a few days at the end of next week before I head off to Paris. Check back Wednesday night for new posts and maybe even photos.


Anonymous said...

Dude, lemme know if you want to have a beer in Stockholm.

Robot Economist said...

Mr. Anonymous - Normally I would appreciate the offer of recreational drinking in a foreign land. Unfortunately for this trip, I am shackled to an Army-issued lawyer who is as codependent as he is brilliant at export control law.

I have a foreboding feeling that he will be cramping my style all weekend and I would not will that fate on another person.

J. said...

"I seriously doubt any of them will look like this"

One can but hope. Maybe they'll have Swedish interns from college assisting...