Dennis Gormley Discusses Missile Proliferation Capabilities in the Middle East at HCoC Conference
Dennis Gormley was among an international group of security specialists invited to address the Hague Code of Conduct Regional Seminar held at the University of Jordan, in Amman, on September 28. The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCoC) is the only existing multilateral instrument that specifically deals with ballistic missiles. Since the signing of the HCoC in 2002 at The Hague, the number of subscribing states has increased from 93 to 138. The HCoC does not prohibit states from possessing ballistic missiles, nor from benefitting from the peaceful uses of outer space. Rather, the chief aim of the Code is to build confidence and transparency in regard recognizing the need to prevent and curb the proliferation of ballistic missile systems capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction. To meet these objectives, state parties try to exercise maximum possible restraint in the development, testing, and deployment of ballistic missiles capable of carrying weapons of mass destruction. To that end, subscribing states commit themselves politically to providing pre-launch notifications on ballistic missile and space-launch vehicle launches and test flights. States also agree to submit an annual declaration of their country’s policies on ballistic missiles and space-launch vehicles, including the number launched each year. Gormley's presentation focused on proliferation developments in the Middle East and the need to broaden the HCoC’s remit to address other delivery systems such as cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction.