Accession Number : ADA536364


Title :   Iranian Ballistic Missile Threat and a Phased, Adaptive Approach for Missile Defense in Europe: Perceptions, Policies and Scenarios


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : GEORGE C MARSHALL CENTER APO AE 09053 EUROPEAN CENTER FOR SECURITY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Johnson, John D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a536364.pdf


Report Date : 15 Sep 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 106


Abstract : The purpose of this advanced research project is to analyze the threat to NATO posed by Iran's ballistic missile program and to analyze U.S. and Allies' missile defense plans for Europe. This paper argues that while U.S. and NATO missile defense plans for Europe are sufficient to defend against a medium-range ballistic missile attack from Iran for the foreseeable future, defense against a potential Iranian intercontinental ballistic missile is less certain. It also finds that the U.S. PAA avoids hard-line Russian resistance and reassures U.S. allies by investing in their nations' defense infrastructures. Finally, this paper presents potential future scenarios and provides recommendations for U.S. and NATO policy makers as they consider missile defense and options to deal effectively with the threat posed by Iran's ballistic missile program.


Descriptors :   *GUIDED MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS , *IRAN , *GUIDED MISSILES , INTELLIGENCE , POLICIES , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , RISK , MIDDLE EAST , THREATS , PROBABILITY , CONTAINMENT(GENERAL) , RUSSIA , ARMS CONTROL , UNITED NATIONS , DEFENSE PLANNING , TURKEY , POLAND , CZECH REPUBLIC , ESTONIA , INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , EUROPE , THEATER MISSILE DEFENSE , NATO


Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems
      Guided Missiles


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE