National Missile Defense - the role of the UK
The role of the UK in the US National Missile Defense programme has been characterised by a lack of debate or media coverage in Britain. A February 2005 report by the British American Security Information Council concluded that :
- "A review of Hansard in 2004 reveals the paucity of the Missile Defence debate in Parliament."
- "Only limited information on this issue has been placed in the public domain, albeit grudgingly. This includes Annexes to a US-UK MoU on missile defence cooperation, covering arrangements for the upgrade work at Fylingdales (Annex A), and the behind-the-scenes arrangements for closer collaboration (Annex B)."
- "Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon, has responded to parliamentary questions with curt, evasive and dismissive replies."
- Framework Memorandum of Understanding on Ballistic Missile Defence
- Missile Defense working group (UK)
- National Missile Defense
- UK Missile Defence Centre
- Leyla Kattan and Nigel Chamberlain, "The Missile Defence Debate Gap in Britain: As Wide As Ever in 2004", British American Security Information Council, February 24, 2005.