Report to Congress on Theater Missile Defense Architecture Options for the Asia-Pacific Region
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC
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This report responds to the Fiscal Year 1999 National Defense Authorization Act which directs the Secretary of Defense to carry out a study of the architecture requirements for the establishment and operation of theater ballistic missile defense TBMD systems for Japan the Republic of Korea ROK and Taiwan that would provide for their defense against limited theater ballistic missile attacks. This report is not intended to discuss the overall development and production issues surrounding TBMD. Likewise, it does not discuss the criteria for arms transfers generally nor any particular issues surrounding transfers to Japan, ROK, or Taiwan. Finally, this report does not provide a comprehensive analysis of theater missile defenses in the Asia-Pacific region. Instead, as requested by Congress, it provides an overview of various TBMD architecture options, which could become available early in the next century. The defense of Japan, the ROK, and Taiwan against ballistic missile attacks is a complex topic and requires substantial in-depth analysis before definitive conclusions can be drawn. The goal of this report is to describe illustrative architecture options for Japan, the ROK, and Taiwan based on each ones unique political and military threat environments.
- Government and Political Science
- Antimissile Defense Systems