By Catherine McArdle Kelleher, Peter Dombrowski
The quantity is meant to stimulate renewed debates in strategic reports and public coverage circles over the contribution of local and nationwide missile safety to worldwide safeguard. Written from a variety of views by way of practitioners and teachers, the ebook offers a wealthy resource for figuring out the applied sciences, historical past, international relations, and strategic implications of the slow evolution of yank missile safeguard plans. specialists and non-experts alike—whether wanting to check the offense-defense tradeoffs anew, to have interaction with a coverage replace, or to raised comprehend the controversy because it pertains to a rustic or region—will locate this e-book priceless. whereas it opens the door to the debates, although, it doesn't locate or provide effortless solutions—because they don't exist.
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17 In January 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld renamed BMDO as the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Calling for an integrated system that erased NMD–TMD distinctions, he identified four priorities for missile defense: • “To defend the United States, deployed forces, allies and friends from ballistic missile attack. , boost, midcourse and terminal) against all ranges of threats. • “To enable the Services to field elements of the overall BMDS as soon as practicable. ”18 Rumsfeld thus outlined a priority on deployment, rather than the cautious approach of the Clinton “3 + 3” criteria.
As noted by George Lewis, analysts differ as to whether those programs were ended for political, affordability, technical, or a combination of reasons. The Obama administration also slightly reduced the planned Alaska deployments at first but restored the Bush numbers after the third North Korean nuclear test in 2013. S. NMD programs is necessarily a “what might have been” exercise that is difficult at best. Nonetheless, continual changes in policy emphasis, funding levels, and technical direction certainly did not provide a good foundation for effective, efficient progress.
The latter was designed to be a space-based system, using small kinetic projectiles to intercept ballistic missiles in their boost phase. ”5 Although the Global Protection against Limited Strikes (GPALS) program shared many characteristics with Reagan’s Phase I and Nunn’s ALPS, it also had major differences. First, GPALS was not an initial step, but the purpose of the program. More robust defenses would be pursued only with a new decision to expand the aims of the system. Second, GPALS was directed solely against accidental, unauthorized, or third-country missile threats.