Ballistic Missile Defense and the Future of American Security: Agendas, Perceptions, Technology, and Policy

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MIDAS

Missile Launch Detection Alarm System

MIRV

Multiple Independently Targeted Reentry Vehicle

MOS

Military Operation Specialties

MRBM

Medium-Range Ballistic Missile

MTCR

Missile Technology Control Regime

MWC

Minimum Winning Coalition

NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASP

National Aerospace Plane

NATO

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NIMBY

Not in My Backyard

NMD

National Missile Defense

NORAD

North America Aerospace Defense Command

NTW

Navy Theater Wide

QDR

Quadrennial Defense Review

R&D

Research and Development

RMA

Revolution in Military Affairs

SAC

Strategic Air Command

SALT

Strategic Arms Limitation Talks

SBI

Space-Based Interceptor

SBIRS

Space-Based Infrared System

SBL

Space-Based Laser

SDI

Strategic Defense Initiative

SDIO

Strategic Defense Initiative Organization

SEATO

Southeast Asia Treaty Organization

SLBM

Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

SRBM

Short-Range Ballistic Missile

START

Strategic Arms Reduction Talks

TAV

Transatmospheric Vehicles

TBMD

Theater Ballistic Missile Defense

THAAD

Theater High Altitude Area Defense

TMD

Theater Missile Defense

UAV

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

UEWR

Upgraded Early Warning Radars

WMD

Weapons of Mass Destruction

XBR

X-Band Radars

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Abbreviations ix
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - Ballistic Missile Defense, Still Trying After All These Years 37
  • 3 - Breakdown of the Old Verities 75
  • 4 - Why Missile Defense? 109
  • 5 - Agreeing on Nmd or Not? 143
  • Notes 167
  • 6 - Deployment Options or Guessing About the Shape of Things to Come 169
  • 7 - Pursuing Future Policy or Taking Counsel of One's Worst Fears 207
  • Selected References 241
  • Index 247
  • About the Author 255
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