Defending America, Updated: The Case for Limited National Missile Defense / Edition 1

Defending America, Updated: The Case for Limited National Missile Defense / Edition 1

by James M. Lindsay, Michael E. O'Hanlon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0815706332

ISBN-13: 9780815706335

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

"The authors provide a sound critique of the standard positions and hyperboles of both advocates and opponents, as well as an accessible primer on the types, advantages, and limitations of various systems and architectures.... Defending America provides as good a 'few years out' unclassified guide as you're likely to find." - The Washington Times "Even those

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"The authors provide a sound critique of the standard positions and hyperboles of both advocates and opponents, as well as an accessible primer on the types, advantages, and limitations of various systems and architectures.... Defending America provides as good a 'few years out' unclassified guide as you're likely to find." - The Washington Times "Even those readers who have made up their minds should find this book a useful compendium of information and analysis on an old topic." - Foreign Affairs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815706335
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
UPDATED
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Chapter 1Defending America1
Deja Vu All Over Again3
Is the Third Time a Charm?7
Why Not Prevention, Preemption, and Deterrence?17
Sensible Defense Means Limited Defense20
A Modest Proposal22
Chapter 2Missile Defense: Concepts and Systems29
Basic Elements of Ballistic Missiles29
The Trajectory of a Ballistic Missile32
Basic Types of Missile Defenses37
Types of Theater Missile Defenses41
Types of National Missile Defense43
Decoys and Other Countermeasures46
Chapter 3The Threat50
A Growing Ballistic Missile Threat?51
Russia52
China56
North Korea, Iran, and Iraq58
Other Emerging Ballistic Missile Powers74
Alternative Threats75
The Consequences of a Missile Attack79
Chapter 4Missile Defense Programs and Architectures82
Midcourse Defense: The Clinton Administration Program82
Larger Midcourse Defenses99
Boost-Phase Defenses105
Layered and Space-Based Systems111
Conclusion115
Chapter 5The International Politics of Missile Defense116
Russia117
China123
America's Friends and Allies130
South Asia137
No More Disarmament?139
Chapter 6Missile Defense and American Security142
A Limited, Two-Tier National Missile Defense against "Rogue" Regimes145
Selling a Limited, Two-Tier Defense Abroad156
Selling a Limited, Two-Tier Defense at Home162
Appendixes
AAnti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and Related Documents169
BExcerpts from the DCI National Intelligence Estimate193
CExcerpts from the 1998 Rumsfeld Commission Report197
DExcerpts from the 1999 National Intelligence Estimate218
Notes227
Index247

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