Ballistic Missile Defense: An Administration Perspective
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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Before one delves into any defense issue one must first begin with the underlying question What is our strategy What the Clinton Administration is doing with regard to strategic offensive systems provides an instructive context for what we re now trying to do on the strategic defensive side. To begin with, the Clinton Administration believes, fundamentally, that deterrence still matters. Why Is it because we think that Russia is going to attack us today, tonight, tomorrow, next week, next month No, of course not. Were working very hard--across the board--in many areas, not the least of which are arms control, denuclearization and the Nunn-Lugar initiatives, to make sure that we continue to strengthen strategic stability and assist Russia in its democratic and economic reforms. But, a strategic partnership with Russia is not a for sure conclusion yet. Thus, it is fundamental to this Administrations strategy that we are hedging against the requirement to reconstitute strategic deterrence in full form.
- Antimissile Defense Systems
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