11 February 2009 - NATO MPs DEBATE MISSILE DEFENCE WITH CONGRESS AND VISIT DEPLOYED INTERCEPTORS
As of late January, with the transition to the Obama Administration only in its earliest stages, definitive statements on major lines of the new government’s policy were impossible, outside of several broad themes including increased attention to Afghanistan and Pakistan, a greater multilateral and cooperative diplomatic engagement, and an intent to improve relations with Russia.
In addition, a broad bipartisan consensus in the
Finally, missile defence technology had matured significantly during the Bush Administration, with operational interceptors in
These were the principal conclusions that the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Defence and Security Committee brought back from their annual visit to the
In addition, the delegation visited the headquarters of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and conducted site visits of the
(For full report see : http://www.nato-pa.int/default.asp?SHORTCUT=1715)