Why ABM - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080156255, 9781483145730


1st Edition

Policy Issues in the Missile Defense Controversy

Editors: Johan J. Holst William Schneider
eBook ISBN: 9781483145730
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1969
Page Count: 334
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Why ABM?: Policy Issues in the Missile Defense Controversy focuses on the problems of invention and deployment of defenses against anti-ballistic missiles (ABM). The book first discusses early, present, and future missile defense systems, including the efficiency of missile defense and the use of missiles in penetration aids and tactics. The deployment of ballistic missile defense (BMD) is explained. The text takes a look at the missile defense systems of the Soviet Union and their participation in the arms race. The reactions of the Soviet Union on the use of BMD and positions of Soviets and Americans on arms race issues are underscored. The selection reviews the implications of missile defense on Europe. Concerns include arms control and the prospects of European settlement; impact on the future of NATO; and attitude toward China. The possible effects of ABM on non-proliferation are also discussed. The text also takes a look at strategic arms control and stability. This topic includes effects on diplomatic relationships and debates on the use and deployment of missiles in defense strategies. The book is a vital source of reference for readers interested in international security, particularly the use of missiles in defense systems.

Table of Contents




Part I: Background and Context

Chapter 1. Missile Defense Systems: Past, Present and Future—

Early Missile Defense Concepts

Current Missile Defense Concepts

Future Missile Defense Concepts

Chapter 2. Missile Defense: Can It Work?—


What Is the Job of ABM?

Penetration Aids and Tactics

The Capabilities of Safeguard

Does Safeguard Solve Problems

Worth Solving?

Chapter 3. Missile Defense and Strategic Doctrine—


Three Alternative Strategies


Part II: Alternative BMD Deployments and Rationales

Chapter 4. The Case for a Thin System—

Chapter 5. The Case for Population Defense—


Some Technical Estimates

Problems of Deterrence

Arms Races and Arms Control


Chapter 6. The Case for Strategic Force Defense -

The Role of ABM in the 1970's

On the Counterforce Calculations of Some Prominent ABM Opponents

Part III: Interactions with Other Policy Areas

Chapter 7. Missile Defense: The Soviet Union and the Arms Race—

The Defensive Tradition

Russian Reactions to the American BMD Decisions

Soviet-American Interactions: Arms Race Issues

Soviet-American Interactions: Arms Control

Chapter 8. Missile Defense: Implications for Europe—

Scope and Context

Hegemony and Political Mobility

Arms Control and the Prospects of a European Settlement

Impact on the Future of NATO

Attitudes Towards China

Chapter 9. Missile Defense and Non-Proliferation: Friends or Enemies?—


Some Possible Effects of ABM on Non-Proliferation

Orchestrating ABM and NPT

Chapter 10. The Problem of China—

Chapter 11. Civil Defense and Missile Defense—

Part IV: Some Other Perspectives

Chapter 12. Strategic Arms Control and Stability: A Retrospective Look—

Diplomatic Prelude

The Contextual Impact

The Substantive Issues

Some Conclusions

Chapter 13. The Missile Defense Debate in Perspective—


Notes on Contributors



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Johan J. Holst

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