For years, Mr Hyde and his powerful aide, Walker Roberts, have stymied administration attempts to pass legislation that would grant Britain an exemption from the complicated US military export laws, called the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
The congressman also has particular bones to pick with the UK. He is said to be concerned by Britainâs lack of specific laws preventing transfer of military technology to third countries. Given the UKâs open defence market, Mr Hyde has warned that technologies transferred to Britain may find their way to capitals less friendly to American interests.
The Bush administration has decided one more push up the Hill is not worth the effort since Mr Hyde appears immovable on waivers for either the UK or Australia. They remain hopeful, however, they can find another way to achieve co-operation on military technologies