The end of the Cold War and the resulting reductions in defense spending have presented many challenges for U.S. industry. The Department of Commerce, through the Bureau of Export Administration, has developed a comprehensive national defense diversification program to provide assistance to U.S. industry in this period of transition.
Providing current market information on commercial and defense business opportunities abroad is an important component of our defense diversification program. This information should assist U.S. firms in their market and product diversification efforts.
Therefore, I am pleased to introduce the Western Hemisphere Diversification and Defense Market Assessment Guide. This guide, the fourth in our regional series, provides a wide variety of information concerning trade opportunities, government procurement processes, country-specific business practices, and important points of contact in the selected Latin American countries.
The Department of Commerce is committed to assisting U.S. firms in their efforts to meet the challenges of the post-Cold War era. We hope that this series of guides will help U.S. firms investigate the many business opportunities that exist in the global marketplace. For additional information concerning these publications and other defense diversification programs, please contact the Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security at (202) 482-4695.
William A. Reinsch