Select Committee on Defence Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


APPENDIX 12

The Department of Defense of the United States of America and The Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (5 February 2000)

DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES FOR DEFENSE EQUIPMENT AND INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION

  The Governments of the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have a longstanding cooperative relationship across a broad spectrum of defence activities, including strict enforcement of export policies for armaments and technologies; strong industrial security systems and compatible industrial security practices; close relationships in law enforcement and cooperation on industrial security matters and export control violations; and close relationships in intelligence sharing on matters of counterintelligence and industrial security, and countering economic espionage and export control violations. Moreover, the Department of Defense of the United States of America (U.S. DoD) and the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (U.K MoD) desire to maximize value for money in defense equipment acquisition, based on the principle of competition.

  Our relationship is underpinned by the Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Defense of the United States of America and the Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning Principles for Research, Development, Production and Procurement, dated December 13, 1994, and other bilateral arrangements and agreements.

  Our past efforts to improve the level of defense equipment cooperation and trade have not realized their full potential. Nonetheless, we believe that it is fundamental to our common interests to enhance the environment for mutual defence equipment and industrial cooperation. We therefore intend to improve significantly the cooperative framework that will facilitate both traditional and new types of collaboration by our defense companies and a more integrated and stronger industrial base. It is also our intention to take the necessary steps to ensure that U.K. industry doing business in the United States will be treated no less favourably than U.S. industry doing business in the United Kingdom. We believe that this initiative will provide an important and welcome opportunity to enhance our mutual interdependence in the defense equipment field.

  The U.S. DoD and U.K. MoD intend to apply the provisions of this Declaration and Annex to those matters within their respective areas of responsibility. They affirm the prerogatives of other agencies of their respective governments on certain matters related to this Declaration and Annex and note that in the case of the United States, the provisions of the Declaration and Annex do not apply to matters that are under the jurisdiction of other agencies of the government including the Department of State. They also note that within their respective governments there is ongoing work related to such matters to further the objective of cooperation between their governments, the outcome of which is not prejudiced by the provisions of this Declaration and Annex. They also affirm their desire to promote similar cooperation between each of them and other allies, both bilaterally and multilaterally.

  Therefore, the U.S. DoD and U.K. MoD have reached the understandings reflected in this Declaration of Principles and its Annex attached hereto. The principles established in this Declaration and in the Annex to this Declaration, which is an integral part of the Declaration, are not intended to be legally binding, nor to entail new fiscal obligations on the part of either the U.S. DoD or the U.K. MoD, but to point the way to arriving at future arrangements or agreements which may be legally binding. It is further understood that these future arrangements or agreements may entail amendments to national laws or regulations.

  Signed in duplicate at Munich, Federal Republic of Germany, on the fifth day of February 2000.

Geoffrey Hoon

Secretary of State for Defence United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Williams S. Cohen

Secretary of Defense United States of America


 
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