Ballistic-Missile Defence and Strategic Stability / Edition 1

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

  • ISBN-13: 9780199290048
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Adelphi Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, CA
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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Ch. 1 Ballistic-Missile Proliferation 9
Assessing the Threat 9
The Rationale for National Missile Defence 12
The Rationale for Theatre-Missile Defence 15
US Foreign Policy and Ballistic-Missile Defence 16
Performance Criteria 23
Countermeasures 25
Ch. 2 National Missile Defence 29
The Current US National Missile Defence Plan 30
Technical Requirements for National Missile Defence 34
Does US National Missile Defence Threaten Russia or China? 37
What if Russia Deployed a National Missile Defence? 42
Balancing Costs and Benefits 43
Ch. 3 Theatre-Missile Defence 45
Current Programmes 46
Technical Requirements for Upper-Tier Theatre-Missile Defence 48
Does Upper-Tier Theatre-Missile Defence Threaten Russia or China? 53
Ch. 4 Boost-Phase Ballistic-Missile Defence 59
Airborne Systems 60
Does Airborne Boost-Phase Defence Threaten Russia or China? 67
Conclusion 71
App. 1 Selected Ballistic-Missile Inventories and Characteristics 75
App. 2 Future Strategic Nuclear Forces 81
Notes 87
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