Toward U.S.-Russian Strategic Defense: Ban the ABM Treaty Now,
HERITAGE FOUNDATION WASHINGTON DC
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Boris Yeltsin and George Bush agreed on June 17 to develop and deploy a jointly controlled global protection system against ballistic missile strikes. Three teams of Russian and American experts now are studying the Bush-Yeltsin idea, called the Joint Defense Program JDP. The drive to develop a U.S.-Russian defense system, however, faces a formidable obstacle-the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile ABM Treaty, which prohibits not only the deployment of territorial defenses against strategic missiles but the creation of an infrastructure or base for such a defense. If America and Russia hope to build a common defense against ballistic missiles, they first will have to remove ABM Treaty obstacles to expanded U.S.-Russian cooperation and missile defense.
- Antimissile Defense Systems