Ballistic Missile Defense and the Future of American Security: Agendas, Perceptions, Technology, and Policy

Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - 254 pages

American politicians have long been troubled by the question of whether or not to deploy a national missile defense system. The argument has focused upon the questions of cost, both political and fiscal, plus the reliability of the technologies. This study places that debate within the context of an ongoing controversy over the direction of American foreign and defense policy since the 1950s. Since that time several distinct worldviews (labeled Believers, Pragmatists, and Wilsonians) have been articulated, views which predetermine decision-makers' positions on national missile defense. Those worldviews structure how technology tests and costs are evaluated regardless of outcomes. Politics, not technological proficiency, drives policy decisions.

In effect, the debate has been a dialogue of the deaf and blind wherein each perceives only that which fits their predetermined views. This controversy raises questions regarding the use of deterrence as the basis for national policy and the role of technology in making such decisions. Handberg places this debate within the historical flow of events, dating back to the first inkling that national missile defense might be possible. The arrival of the George W. Bush administration moves national missile defense to the forefront with the question of deployment now considered a near reality.

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Ballistic Missile Defense Still Trying after All These Years
Breakdown of the Old Verities
Why Missile Defense?
Agreeing on NMD or Not?
Deployment Options or Guessing about the Shape of Things to Come
Pursuing Future Policy or Taking Counsel of Ones Worst Fears
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Page 204 - Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996).
Page 61 - I am directing a comprehensive and intensive effort to define a long-term research and development program to begin to achieve our ultimate goal of eliminating the threat posed by strategic nuclear missiles.
Page 32 - The other is that while unconstitutional exercise of power by the executive and legislative branches of the government is subject to judicial restraint, the only check upon our own exercise of power is our own sense of self-restraint.
Page 107 - Alexander L. George and Richard Smoke, Deterrence in American Foreign Policy (New York: Columbia University Press, 1974); Richard Smoke, War: Controlling Escalation (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1977); Barry R.
Page 32 - Robert Jervis, The Meaning of the Nuclear Revolution (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1989), p. 26, n. 73. 34. Dunn, "Containing Nuclear Proliferation,
Page 204 - Report to Congress on Theater Missile Defense Architecture Options for the Asia-Pacific Region' (Washington DC: Department of Defense, 1999).
Page 71 - The Gaither Committee and the Policy Process,
Page 2 - An open policy window is an opportunity for advocates to push their pet solutions or to push attention to their special problems.

À propos de l'auteur (2002)

ROGER HANDBERG is Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida. His research has focused on space policy, defense policy, law and courts, both American and comparative, and science policy with regard to public opinion. His work has appeared in five books, 138 articles, and over 130 papers and other published materials.

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