Ballistic-Missile Defence and Strategic Stability / Edition 1

Ballistic-Missile Defence and Strategic Stability / Edition 1

by Dean A. Wilkening
     
 

Should the US deploy ballistic-missile defences? The arguments for and against are becoming increasingly polarised. This paper offers what is currently lacking in the debate: a quantitative analysis of how well defences would have to work to meet specific security objectives, and what level of defence might upset strategic stability.See more details below

Overview

Should the US deploy ballistic-missile defences? The arguments for and against are becoming increasingly polarised. This paper offers what is currently lacking in the debate: a quantitative analysis of how well defences would have to work to meet specific security objectives, and what level of defence might upset strategic stability.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199290048
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Series:
Adelphi Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
100
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.23(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction5
Ch. 1Ballistic-Missile Proliferation9
Assessing the Threat9
The Rationale for National Missile Defence12
The Rationale for Theatre-Missile Defence15
US Foreign Policy and Ballistic-Missile Defence16
Performance Criteria23
Countermeasures25
Ch. 2National Missile Defence29
The Current US National Missile Defence Plan30
Technical Requirements for National Missile Defence34
Does US National Missile Defence Threaten Russia or China?37
What if Russia Deployed a National Missile Defence?42
Balancing Costs and Benefits43
Ch. 3Theatre-Missile Defence45
Current Programmes46
Technical Requirements for Upper-Tier Theatre-Missile Defence48
Does Upper-Tier Theatre-Missile Defence Threaten Russia or China?53
Ch. 4Boost-Phase Ballistic-Missile Defence59
Airborne Systems60
Does Airborne Boost-Phase Defence Threaten Russia or China?67
Conclusion71
App. 1Selected Ballistic-Missile Inventories and Characteristics75
App. 2Future Strategic Nuclear Forces81
Notes87

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