Accession Number:

ADA243999

Title:

Role of Ballistic Missiles in Third World Defense Strategies

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. May-Jun 91,

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

Ballistic missile proliferation poses a fundamentally new challenge for U.S. defense planners in general and for the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization SDIO in particular. The following discussion concentrates on the role of ballistic missiles in the defense plans of Third World states rather than on the kinds of missile technologies they are seeking to acquire. More specifically, this paper will examine 1 their motivations for procuring ballistic missiles, 2 the military roles and missions assigned to such systems in Third World defense planning, 3 Third World targeting strategies, and 4 implications of the foregoing for SDIO in light of the programs refocused interest in theater and limited strike defenses. The result of these efforts will be a broad overview of military implications of Third World ballistic missiles.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE