This book makes extensive use of Soviet sources to provide the first full analysis of Moscow's ballistic missile defence policy from its origins to the most recent post-Soviet developments. It considers the Soviets' motivations for pursuing an anti-ballistic missile capability and the extent of their success, and reveals that ballistic missile defence policy was used by every political leadership from Krushchev to Yeltsin as a means of sending signals about Moscow's intentions to the West.
'...even the well-informed reader will no doubt learn a lot...' - The International History Review 'This is certainly an interesting and, at times, insightful book...It is certainly worth reading this book.' - International Affairs 'This is one of the best books to be written about Soviet and Russian military policies in some time and makes it clear that Jennifer G. Mathers, a lecturer in the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth, will have to be considered among the better western analysts of Russina military politics...It is a refreshing look...from the standpoint of the actors and events that influenced Soviet and Russian policy in the area of antiballistic missile (ABM) defense.' - Slavic Review 'Not only does she address the substance of Soviet and Russian policy on the 'nuclear shield' from a well-researched perspective, but, as important, she places the policy within a framework of Soviet and Russian domestic politics, military doctrine, and foreign policy that permits the reader to judge the reasons behind changes or continuities in it. Thus, the reader emerges with considerably more than a nuts-and-bolts knowledge of this military topic.' - Russian Review