Accession Number:

ADA353915

Title:

The Fundamental Issues Study within the British BMD Review

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MANSFIELD COLL OXFORD (UNITED KINGDOM)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

151.0

Abstract:

My remit, as the member of the PFS team responsible for the Fundamental Issues Study, FIS, has been to conduct a synoptic and independent assessment of the approach Britain should adopt to BMD. Among the aspects considered have been geopolitics, threat development, the technological environment, the operational context, the principle of comparative costing, arms control, pollution effects, industrial collaboration, and participation in Space. I have not been involved in the PFS predictions of how particular systems would perform in specific scenarios. Nor have I been concerned with the life-cycle costings of alternative options. My main aim has been to think laterally about the linkages between issues, not least as between technicaloperational considerations and geopolitical or philosophical ones.

Subject Categories:

  • Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE