Magazine article National Defense

U.K./U.S. Collaboration Deemed 'Vital' for Future Allied Military Dominance

Magazine article National Defense

U.K./U.S. Collaboration Deemed 'Vital' for Future Allied Military Dominance

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Representatives of the British defense attache office recently expressed optimism about the future of collaborative military efforts between the United Kingdom and United States.

"Our commitment to work together is not window dressing," said Col. Martin S. Vine, the United Kingdom's assistant military attache. "When the time comes, we can fight together as part of a coalition. That's the aim. That's the prize."

Five delegates from the British defense attache staff expressed their collaborative observations and goals at a luncheon and panel-discussion hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association in Washington, D.C. The event, cosponsored by Boeing, British Aerospace, First Union National Bank, Hughes Aircraft, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Rolls Royce, and Textron was the first in a new series of attache luncheons that will address U.S. cooperation with allied nations.

Speaking on behalf of the Royal Air Force, Air Commander David Norriss, said the U.S. role in NATO air power is "essential." "The European sector must seek to strengthen its overall air power, and the United Kingdom has a significant role to play in this," he said.

The panel members addressed the importance of developing and sharing technology. Col. Vine said there is a "vital need for interoperability of systems and doctrines. The ideal way to achieve interoperability is collaboration."

Maj. Gen. Charles Vyvyan, defence attache and head of the British defense staff in Washington, noted the importance of maintaining a "two-way street between the two countries in terms of technology."

The discussion focused on the United Kingdom's continued efforts to maintain a mutually beneficial military relationship with the U.S. armed forces. But, despite their upbeat vision of the future, members of the attache panel expressed concern about the United States' cooperative efforts today. …

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