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Pursuit of the Shield : The U.S. Quest for Limited Ballistic Missile Defense - Scott K. McMahon

Pursuit of the Shield

The U.S. Quest for Limited Ballistic Missile Defense

Hardcover Published: 24th April 1997
ISBN: 9780761806868
Number Of Pages: 408

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Since the 1960s, U.S. political leaders have engaged in a controversial debate regarding the deployment of a strategic ballistic missile defense (BMD) system to protect the American homeland. Using an analytic framework consisting of prerequisites for successful strategic weapon programs, this book assesses BMD proposals from the Cold War era (focusing primarily on the 1967 'Sentinel' proposal). The book develops a consensus-building approach to future strategic BMD policies that is based on lessons learned from Cold War proposals, recent congressional initiatives, and developments in the international security environment. To protect the American people from emerging rogue state threats and potential accidental or unauthorized launches from China and Russia, the United States should deploy a limited strategic BMD system comprising multiple ground-based interceptor sites supported by space-based missile tracking sensors. The study includes a comprehensive arms control proposal aimed at working with Russia and other strategic powers to continue the reduction of Cold War offensive arsenals while deploying limited defenses. Pursuit of the Shield presents a new strategic agenda for a new era, one that will reinforce world peace and security. With a foreword by Senator John Warner, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

McMahon and Warner make a sound argument for developing and deploying a NMD system-'putting 'rubber on the road' to protect American families. Military Review Magazine "A well-documented history of how policy, ideology, and politics have kept America vulnerable to ballistic missile attack." -- Ambassador Henry Cooper, director of High Frontier; former director of the US Defense Department's Strategic Defense Initiative Organization "McMahon's program...is timely and innovative...Pursuit of the Shield is a provocative work; it is a 'must read' for students of strategic doctrine and arms control." -- Paul Hammond, Ridgeway Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh McMahon's 'Pursuit of the Shield' is a thoughtful addition to the strategic defense debate. Although many will not agree with him, he is consistent and thorough in proposing an approach that combines limited ballistic missile defenses with a comprehensive arms control proposal. His treatment of the history of the debate, the threat profiles, and the technologies will be useful to both proponents and opponents of strategic defenses. -- Rose Gottemoeller, International Institute for Strategic Studies McMahon's 'Pursuit of the Shield' is a thoughtful addition to the strategic defense debate. Although many will not agree with him, he is consistent and thorough in proposing an approach that combines limited ballistic missile defenses with a comprehensive arms control proposal. His treatment of the history of the debate, the threat profiles, and the technologies will be useful to both proponents and opponents of strategic defenses. -- Rose Gottemoeller, International Institute for Strategic Studies "McMahon and Warner make a sound argument for developing and deploying a NMD system-'putting 'rubber on the road' to protect American families." Military Review Magazine

Acknowledgments
About the Author
List of Abbreviations
Foreword
Introduction and Description of the Analytical Frameworkp. 1
Illustrative Application of the Analytical Framework: The U.S. Atomic Weapon and Strategic Defense Initiative Programsp. 4
Meeting the Soviet Threat: The Defense Repulsedp. 13
President Eisenhower's BMD Programp. 13
Presidents Kennedy and Johnson's BMD Programp. 16
Seeking a Compromise Candidate: The Defense Reorientedp. 33
Sentinel Unveiledp. 33
Sentinel Attacked: Threat, Technical, and Strategic Debatesp. 35
Conclusion: A Consensus Formed and Dissolvedp. 46
War in the Desert: The Defense Vindicatedp. 55
The Iraqi Threat 1990p. 55
Desert Storm Lesson Learned: Iraqi Ballistic Missiles and the Strategic Campaignp. 58
Scuds and Patriots: The Unsettled Debatep. 59
Desert Storm Lesson Learned: Scuds, Patriots, and Future BMD Policiesp. 62
Desert Storm Lesson Learned: Missile Threats Require Multiple and Redundant Countermeasuresp. 63
Desert Storm Lesson Learned: Cost Effectiveness is Irrelevant to Limited BMD Systemsp. 74
Desert Storm Lesson Learned: Today's Friends, Tomorrow's Enemiesp. 75
Desert Storm Lessons Learned by Othersp. 77
Surge for the Shield: The Post-War Consensus for BMDp. 93
President Bush's BMD Programp. 93
The Missile Defense Act of 1991p. 98
The Missile Defense Act: Strategic, Threat, and Technical Debates in the Senatep. 101
The Kremlin Coup D'etatp. 103
Surge for the Shield: The Kremlin Coup and the Missile Defense Actp. 105
Surge for the Shield: The President's Nuclear Initiativep. 108
Congressional Passage of the Missile Defense Actp. 111
The Fragile Consensus - Againp. 114
NBC Weapon and Ballistic Missile Proliferation: Threat and Responsep. 129
Strategic Proliferation and the Limits of Technology Denialp. 129
Controlling Nuclear Weapon Proliferationp. 130
Controlling Chemical and Biological Weapon Proliferationp. 142
Controlling Tactical and Strategic Ballistic Missile Proliferationp. 147
Disintegration of the USSR: Fuel on the Fire?p. 155
The Non-Proliferation Regime: Additional Challenges and Systemic Problemsp. 157
Concluding Observationsp. 162
NBC Weapon Attack: Motivations and Operational Analysisp. 183
NBC Weapon Attack: Motivations and Tacticsp. 183
NBC Weapon Attack: Delivery Systems and U.S. Defense Optionsp. 193
Pursuit of the Shield: The Way Forwardp. 217
Future BMD Policies, Programs, and Deployments: Underlying Arguments and Assumptions That Drive Requirementsp. 217
Requirements Driving Future BMD Policies, Programs, and Deploymentsp. 218
Future BMD Deployments and Programsp. 222
Renegotiating the ABM Treaty - U.S. Objectivesp. 241
Renegotiating the ABM Treaty - Working With the Russiansp. 245
Renegotiating the ABM Treaty - Working With Other Former Soviet Republicsp. 266
BMD Deployments - Working With U.S. Allies and Chinap. 267
Conclusion: A Future With Ballistic Missile Defensesp. 275
Missile Defenses: A Desert Storm Lesson Learnedp. 297
Technical Status of BMD Systems and Componentsp. 307
First-Strike Scenarios With BMD Deployments and START II Force Levelsp. 309
Selected World Ballistic Missile Systems and Programsp. 315
Sources Consultedp. 321
Indexp. 367
Tables
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ISBN: 9780761806868
ISBN-10: 0761806865
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 24th April 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.98 x 16.36  x 3.43
Weight (kg): 0.7