Accession Number : ADA448745


Title :   A Nuclear Dilemma--Korean War Deja Vu


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Pickering, Trent A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a448745.pdf


Report Date : 08 Mar 2006


Pagination or Media Count : 57


Abstract : Leading up to or sometime during the Korean War conflict the US decided due to political and strategic reasons that they would not use nuclear weapons against North Korea--even as there was great concern that the North Koreans would push the US off the Korean peninsula. Moving the clock forward over 50 years President Bush in Dec 02 directed that the US would field missile defense capabilities to protect the United States.. The Missile Defense Agency is currently spending close to $10B a year to field and refine a system that will defeat ballistic missile launches from North Korea. If North Korea chooses to launch a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile that our defensive systems engage and defeat, would we respond in kind? Or are the strategic and political factors that fed into the decision during the first Korean conflict the same today--thereby possibly negating the threat of US nuclear retaliation?


Descriptors :   *GUIDED MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS , NUCLEAR WEAPONS , NORTH KOREA , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , KOREAN WAR , UNITED STATES , MILITARY CAPABILITIES


Subject Categories : Guided Missiles


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE