In 1990 RUSI brought out Whitehall paper 6, entitled 1992: Protectionism or Collaboration in Defence Procurement. Much of its substance remains valid three years on, since the process of streamlining it describes in the defence industries predates the Single European Act and continues without strict regard to the new competition affecting the wider market.
It is only comparatively recently that the present configuration of independent states in the Gulf was established. This helps to explain the sensitivities of them all to the issue of external intervention in the area.
This Whitehall Paper is an examination of the problems facing the US aerospace industry - an industry which has dominated world markets since the Second World War and whose technological and industrial power has helped to underpin Western defence capabilities.
There is an outstanding invitation from President George W. Bush Jr. to the United Kingdom, and other allies, to join the United States in a Global Ballistic Missile System. So far, Tony Blair has made no response, or at least, if he has, the nature of the response has not been made public. Many believe that, if there has been a response, it is along the lines of: "Ask me again after the election...