U.S. missile defense: three scenarios and their international consequences
Larsen, Jeffrey A.
Wirtz, James J.
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The United States is developing missile defense that will offer some protection against ballistic missile warheads launched against North America. The decision to deploy a modest national missile defense has already been made--it was signed into law in 1999. At that time, President William Clinton announced that implementating this decision would depend on an assessment of the nature of the threat, the technological capabilities of the system, its cost, and the impact on relations with allies and potential adversaries. While the goals of these limited defenses are mdest, the U.S. effort to deploy a national or global missile defense systems constitutes a major departure in U.S. defense strategy and may lead to unforeseen and, in some instances, unwelcome international political consequences.
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