Thursday, 01 Mar, 2007 Politics
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Scientific contribution in Iraq war undermined

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Britain's Armed Forces may no longer take part in operations countering Iraq's threat without considerable funds in essential technology advancements, where scientists make their greatest contribution, announced a committee of MPs.

As it was disclosed by the Commons Defense Committee report, scientists from Dstl (Defense Science and Technology Laboratory), an agency of the Ministry of Defence, have their final word for measures taken to oppose Iraq's bombs danger.

The research conducted by scientists against Iraq's threat take place in both Britain's and Iraq's laboratories. Their previous contributions were highly appreciated in earlier Iraq's operations, such as Telic campaign, were the number of scientific forces reached its highest point. This could only be compared with the World War II concentration of researchers. Whereas their participation was acknowledged and more than 100 of Dstl scientists were awarded with medals, a current situation may not have a bright outlook.

There is still a significant difference between what Britain funded in scientific programs for Iraq (0.18 percent of GDP) and the US investments that equal to 0,46 percent of GDP. The gap between scientific contributions of the two is still growing.

This fact consequently weakens the position of Britain's military forces. Investments of Ministry of Defense as well as Government are necessary for further scientific research, the committee said.

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