The DTIC Review; Volume 3 Number 4. Antimissile Defense: Strategic Interceptor
DEFENSE TECHNICAL INFORMATION CENTER FORT BELVOIR VA
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Political instability and uncertainty throughout the world highlight the need to guard against a possible missile attack. With the proliferation of missile technology, the threat of a ballistic missile attack by a rogue nation or terrorist group is especially dangerous. Many of these countries have short-range missiles and are now seeking to acquire more sophisticated, long-range missiles. In addition to missiles with conventional warheads, there is also a threat from missiles armed with chemical and biological warheads. Weapons of mass destruction, and the ballistic and cruise missiles that could deliver them, pose a direct and immediate threat to the security of the United States and its allies. Today, effective anti-missile defense is one of our most complex challenges. It involves locating and destroying enemy missiles before launch and shooting down those in flight. The United States is responding to this threat by pursuing policies and initiatives designed to both prevent and limit this aggression. Plans to improve the interception of missiles will depend greatly on the effectiveness of quick counterforce strikes designed to eliminate an adversarys missile attack.
- Antimissile Defense Systems