Dear Members and Friends,
During this past month of November, MDAA traveled throughout the world in advocating missile defense. Stops included the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Belgium, the Chamber of Commerce in Seattle, Washington, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, England, an MDAA Breakfast of Champions in Phoenix, Arizona and a Lecture to the students at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.
From a global perspective, NATO, a consortium of 26 European nations and North America will be releasing an 800 million euro study and plan for the protection of their population centers from ballistic missile threats. In addition, the country of Poland has officially announced support to the United States for hosting a ground-based interceptor missile defense site on its territory that would give protection to Europe and North America from future Middle Eastern threats. The Royal United Services Institute hosted a missile defense conference in London discussing missile defense from a United Kingdom and European position and provided a forum on missile defense in space.
It is very clear that missile defense is no longer a unilateral position upheld by United States policy. It is also abundantly clear that overwhelming public support for missile defense is global, not just American, and it is clear that our youth understands the need for missile defense in combating global threats and continued proliferation.