Accession Number:

ADA422751

Title:

Ballistic Missile Initial Defensive Operations: Preventing the U.S. from Sending China the Wrong Message

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-02-09

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

The United States is planning to deploy Ballistic Missile Defense BMD systems in late 2004 for the purpose of national missile defense against rogue nation attacks. Part of that deployment is the Initial Defensive Operation IDO, which will include sea-based and land-based BMD systems in the Western Pacific region. If not carefully counterbalanced, IDO risks upsetting the delicate relationship that the United States has maintained with the Peoples Republic of China PRC by nullifying the Chinese nuclear deterrent. To avoid provoking Beijing while maintaining a cooperative United States-PRC relationship through IDO planning and deployment, the Commander United States Pacific Command CDRUSPACOM should consider ways to counterbalance the negative message that IDO risks sending. USPACOM should increase communications and collaborative planning with the PRC, stepping up military-to-military relations to carefully and subtly show Beijing that overall United States policy toward China has not undergone a revolutionary change. 31 refs.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Antimissile Defense Systems
  • Air- and Space-Launched Guided Missiles
  • Surface-Launched Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE