National Missile Defense - the role of the UK

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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 [1]:

  • "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."

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