There is an interesting letter in today's (Monday 2nd January 2012) Daily Telegraph which I have copied verbatim below (couldn't find it in their online version). Sir - My recollection of French "assistance" over the Falklands conflict differs from Peter Forrest's account (Letters, December 30). In 1982 I ran the division of Marconi, the defence arm of the General Electric Company, then responsible for the target-seeker guidance systems for British radar homing missiles. We offered to help the Ministry of Defence to develop counter-measures to the Exocet guidance system. We needed an Exocet seeker (which the Royal Navy could have supplied from its in-service stock of weapons, and authority to run it in a test chamber and to open it up and investigate the design. MOD colleagues told us they had sought permission of the French to do so but had been refused. Brian Richards Watford, Hertfordshire Interesting isn't it? I wondered why the peacetime niceties of respecting another manafacturers intellectual property should be respected in wartime, when men and materiel are being lost. Why didn't the MOD have the cojones to give Marconi the go-ahead and worry about smoothing ruffled feathers later when British lives and property were no longer at risk?