Britain's Role in U.S. Missile Defense
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This monograph seeks to examine the many facets of the role that Britain, Americas closest and strongest ally, plays in missile defense, and to identify the ways in which disagreements can be minimized and cooperation enhanced, to mutual benefit. Despite the apparent novelty of the subject, defense against ballistic missiles has been a persistent topic in transatlantic relations for over half a century. In particular, Americas European allies, especially Britain, have frequently been concerned by the wider implications of U.S. repeated efforts to develop and deploy missile defenses. The end of the Cold War has completely altered the strategic circumstances within which ballistic missile defense BMD policy is formulated, while technological developments are making effective defense more feasible. However, the subject retains a large historical legacy of attitudes derived from earlier times and has lost little of its controversy. Britain has a particular role to play in U.S. BMD plans, beyond its long-standing status as Americas most important ally. The United Kingdom is host to one of three Ballistic Missile Early Warning Stations BMEWS and to the European ground station for the Space-Based Infra-Red System SBIRS, both vital elements in U.S. missile defense architecture. Britain also has a long record of technological cooperation in missile defense.
- Antimissile Defense Systems