Letter to Independent re-NATO MD and Cyber at Lisbon

Most NATO countries (? all NATO countries?) are facing financial crises and austerities.

Nevertheless, the Secretary-General of NATO is proposing that we European tax-payers embark on a vastly expensive Missile Defence programme; and, as well, that we try to spend our way out of Cyber Vulnerability: both are vigorously supported by the US Pentagon.

Here are policy proposals emerging directly from that Military-Industrial Complex that President Eisenhower warned his compatriots (and the rest of us) about – against – over fifty years ago.

I haven’t seen that our Defence Budget caters for either of these follies: let us hope Dr Fox and Mr Cameron will firmly say NO to each of them at Lisbon next week.

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