The U.S. Missile Defense Program: An Opportunity for Canadian International Leadership
Security linkages between Canada and the United States have resulted in some of the most successful security cooperation in the history of the two nations. The Canadian government supports NATO’s missile defense efforts. It therefore seems logical that it should wish to participate in U.S. long-range missile defense. Through such participation, Canada would gain the advantages of (1) defending its citizens and territory from a ballistic missile attack, (2) demonstrating its commitment to NATO’s missile defense efforts, (3) having a voice in U.S. missile defense decisions, (4) increasing its security in an era of declining budgets, and (5) reducing its vulnerability to a ballistic missile attack.