AFoCRAmerican Friends of the Czech Republic
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The goal of AFoCR is to foster closer ties between the United States and the Czech Republic in the areas of business, trade, culture, education, diplomacy, and security.
Romanian Ambassador Mircea Geoana notes that "the most interested corporations are defense corporations, because they have a direct interest in the issue." Boeing, whose McDonnell Douglas unit is competing to sell F-18 fighters to the Czech Republic, is a corporate funder of the American Friends of the Czech Republic (AFoCR), another pro-expansion group, according to the Washington-based National Security News Service.
Ronald Bartek, one of the five directors of AfoCR, works at a consulting firm, Mehl & Associates, that is setting up joint ventures between Czech companies and U.S.