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Missile Defence Policy

UK Missile Defence Policy

The UK has not taken any decision to acquire missile defence nor have we received a request from the US to take such a decision. Acquiring missile defence for the UK is a quite separate decision from our cooperative work on the technologies involved. Any decisions will depend on how the threats and technologies evolve, but it is important that the UK has the fullest possible access to and knowledge of the missile defence programme, so that those decisions can be fully informed.

NATO Missile Defence Policy

NATO is also taking forward work on missile defence. NATO Heads of Government agreed at the Prague Summit in November 2002 to examine options for defending Alliance territory and centres of population, as well as deployed forces, against the full range of missile threats. A Feasibility Study, conducted by an industrial team led by Science Applications International Corp, reported to the NATO Council in June 2006. At the NATO Riga Summit in November 2006, Heads of State and Government tasked continued work on the political and military implications of missile defence for the Alliance. High level political-military committees are continuing to examine the wider implications of territorial BMD for the Alliance, taking into account US plans for missile defence sites in Europe.

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