This volume reviews the debates surrounding the anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defense systems and their deployment by George W. Bush, allowing readers to assess for themselves the significance of Bush's decisions. * Photographs of major figures involved with the Bush missile systems and of the missile systems themselves * A glossary of major technical terms mentioned in the book * A bibliography covering the history of missile defense issues
After the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, President George W. Bush gained significant public support for his administration's idea of ending the Anti-ballistic Missile Treaty and for building a defense system or a missile shield to protect the United States. This was because many people were more concerned about their safety than about arms control. Further, Russia and most U.S. allies were not going to argue too strenuously with President Bush after his country had been so viciously attacked. The first question that needs to be answered prior to building a missile defense system is as follows: Are long-range missiles a realistic threat to the United States? If it is determined that these types of missiles are a threat, a second logical question is the following: Does the technology exist to build a system that could realistically counter this threat? And finally, what are the costs of such a system? This paper first assesses the current threat situation, including the threat posed by North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Russia, and China, and then discusses the President's proposed solution. Other topics covered are the costs of building a missile defense shield, current developments in missile defense systems, alternatives to President Bush's defense shield, and the effects of the shield on arms control and U.S. relations with Russia and China. In summary, the paper expresses the general solution to missile defense as a system of systems based in layers including fixed U.S.-based defenses to ensure the homeland is protected even with little or no warning; a means to kill the threat missile in its boost phase and before any countermeasures can be deployed; and a flexible, deployable defense capable of destroying a missile in the boost phase or at the very least in the terminal phase. In conclusion, the author presents a recommendation for future U.S. missile defense policy.(17 refs.).
Regional Missile Defense from a Global Perspective explains the origins, evolution, and implications of the regional approach to missile defense that has emerged since the presidency of George H. W. Bush, and has culminated with the missile defense decisions of President Barack Obama. The Obama administration's overarching concept for American missile defense focuses on developing both a national system of limited ground-based defenses, located in Alaska and California, intended to counter limited intercontinental threats, and regionally-based missile defenses consisting of mobile ground-based technologies like the Patriot PAC-3 system, and sea-based Aegis-equipped destroyer and cruisers. The volume is intended to stimulate renewed debates in strategic studies and public policy circles over the contribution of regional and national missile defense to global security. Written from a range of perspectives by practitioners and academics, the book provides a rich source for understanding the technologies, history, diplomacy, and strategic implications of the gradual evolution of American missile defense plans. Experts and non-experts alike—whether needing to examine the offense-defense tradeoffs anew, to engage with a policy update, or to better understand the debate as it relates to a country or region—will find this book invaluable. While it opens the door to the debates, however, it does not find or offer easy solutions—because they do not exist.
India has become one of the hottest business stories in the news. Covering the fast-growing economy, the twists and turns of domestic politics, labor in the large informal sector, the cultural roots of Hindu nationalism, the foreign relations roller coaster, the business of Bollywood, and a special chapter covering the range of new resources about India available on the web, this unique book highlights and illuminates India's vastly changing fortunes.
This text analyzes why some states have chosen to cooperate with the U.S. on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) while others have adopted a non-cooperative posture, evidenced by diverse levels of balancing. It discusses the politics of unipolarity, deterrence policies of the U.S. and key states, WMD proliferation, balancing, and the security dilemma.
Statement Of President George W. Bush Regarding His Intention To Introduce National Missile Defence (Nmd) Has Given Rise To A Lively Discussion On The Subject All Over The World. In This Book An Attempt Has Been Made To Present The Viewpoints Of Eminent Experts From Different Countries, Particularly Those From Countries Directly Affected By The Nmd E.G. The United States Of America, Russia, China, The United Kingdom, North Korea, India, Etc.It Is Hoped That The Book Would Be Of Great Value To The Researchers And Students Of Defence Studies, Parliamentarians, Senior Executives Concerned With Defence And The Common Readers.
In the history of the United States, few periods could more justly be regarded as the best and worst of times than the Kennedy-Johnson era. The arrival of John F. Kennedy in the White House in 1961 unleashed an unprecedented wave of hope and optimism in a large segment of the population; a wave that would come crashing down when he was assassinated only a few years later. His successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, enjoyed less popularity, but he was one of the most experienced and skilled presidents the country had ever seen, and he promised a Great Society to rival Kennedy's New Frontier. Both presidents were dogged by foreign policy disasters: Kennedy by the Bay of Pigs fiasco, although he came out ahead on the Cuban missile crisis, and Johnson from the backlash of the Vietnam War. The 1960s witnessed unprecedented progress toward racial and sexual equality, but it also played host to race and urban riots. And while impressive advances in the sciences and arts were fueling the American imagination, the counterculture rejected it all. The A to Z of the Kennedy-Johnson Era relates these events and provides extensive political, economic, and social background on this era through a detailed chronology, an introduction, appendixes, a bibliography, and several hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, events, institutions, policies, and issues.