Accession Number:

ADA339224

Title:

Ballistic Missile Defense

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (ACQUISITION AND TECHNOLOGY) WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-03-06

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

The proliferation of short-range ballistic missiles in the world today poses a direct, immediate threat to many of our allies and to some U.S. forces deployed abroad in defense of our national interests. Over time, the proliferation of longer range missiles will pose a greater threat to the U.S. itself. For these reasons, active defenses are playing a central and vital role in U.S. defense planning well into the next century. The resource-constrained environment of the nineties, together with the complex nature of the security challenges facing us, necessitate that we deploy the right capabilities at the right time for achieving the highest overall level of security for the United States. To do so we must consider the role of missile defense within the nations broader national security strategy. Active defenses can never be considered in and of themselves a panacea for countering the prolfferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. We have a broader strategy encompassing a full range of tools in a national kit of options. Our strategy has three different components preventing and reducing the threat deterring the threat and defending against the threat.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE