Evaluating the military potential of a developing nation's space program : a case study of Brazil

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Authors
Collins, Michael Joseph
Subjects
Brazil
Ballistic Missiles
MTCR
Piva
Sonda
VLS
Proliferation
Advisors
Tollefson, Scott D.
Date of Issue
1991-09
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Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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en_US
Abstract
This thesis examines how and why a developing nation may use its civilian space program to acquire ballistic missiles. Using a single case study of Brazil, this analysis looks for universal patterns in space program development and for how Third World nations use their civilian space programs for military purposes. This thesis analyzes the relationship between space and missile development, the Missile Technology Control Regime, reasons for building missiles (political, economic, national security, geopolitical, need for technology), Brazilian civil-military relations, and various technologies and space systems. It identifies the critical technologies required for a successful space program; identifies the critical industries that are missing in Brazil and the technologies that it must import; highlights indicators of military intentions of a civilian space program; and evaluates how the generalizations developed throughout the thesis may be applied to other nations
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National Security Affairs (NSA)
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Naval Postgraduate School
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