New PDF release: Regional Missile Defense from a Global Perspective

By Catherine McArdle Kelleher, Peter Dombrowski

ISBN-10: 0804790647

ISBN-13: 9780804790642

Regional Missile safety from an international Perspective explains the origins, evolution, and implications of the neighborhood method of missile protection that has emerged because the presidency of George H. W. Bush, and has culminated with the missile safety judgements of President Barack Obama. The Obama administration's overarching proposal for American missile protection makes a speciality of constructing either a countrywide approach of restricted ground-based defenses, positioned in Alaska and California, meant to counter restricted intercontinental threats, and regionally-based missile defenses which includes cellular ground-based applied sciences just like the Patriot PAC-3 method, and sea-based Aegis-equipped destroyer and cruisers.

The quantity is meant to stimulate renewed debates in strategic reviews and public coverage circles over the contribution of neighborhood and nationwide missile safeguard to worldwide defense. Written from various views by way of practitioners and teachers, the booklet offers a wealthy resource for realizing the applied sciences, background, international relations, and strategic implications of the slow evolution of yankee missile safeguard plans. specialists and non-experts alike—whether desiring to envision the offense-defense tradeoffs anew, to interact with a coverage replace, or to higher comprehend the controversy because it pertains to a rustic or region—will locate this ebook priceless. whereas it opens the door to the debates, despite the fact that, it doesn't locate or provide effortless solutions—because they don't exist.

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S. forward-based defenses are almost certainly more acute. S. acknowledgment that its missile defenses are intended to counter Chinese regional missiles (as well as all North Korean missiles). ”32 It is hardly surprising, therefore, that Chinese officials and experts worry that current deployments are merely the first step toward more comprehensive defenses. Beijing’s problem is partly of its own making.

An important distinction here is between point and area defenses. Missile defense systems, such as Patriot, that are capable of defending only relatively small areas are known as point defenses. They can be used to defend small high-value targets, such as military installations and troops and, when forward deployed, are sometimes known as theater missile defenses. These systems are generally uncontroversial, and their development has been supported by presidents of both parties. As technology has evolved, however, so interest has grown in area defense systems that would enable the territory of the United States and of friends and allies—and hence population—to be protected.

4 More recently, the conversation has been dominated by Iran and North Korea. S. homeland would not be capable of undermining its nuclear deterrent. S. 5 Without question, the missile threat—particularly the likely timescale for the development by potential adversaries of missiles capable of reaching the homeland—has sometimes been exaggerated. The influential Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States, chaired by at that time former and future Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, is a case in point.

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