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National Missile Defense: High-Technology in a Strategic Vacuum   [open pdf - 113KB]

From the thesis abstract: "This essay is an attempt to return issues of national security strategy to the center of the debate over NMD [National Missile Defense] deployment. After briefly reviewing the threat to the United States from ICBMs [intercontinental ballistic missiles] launched by so-called rogue-states and the technical characteristics of the NMD system intended for deployment if the President so decides, I will examine the broader strategic implications of NMD deployment for the United States. I will argue that the expected benefits from NMD are outweighed by its strategic costs and that deploying it will be likely to diminish, rather than increase, American security. I will propose an alternative set of policies to NMD deployment, based on the military and diplomatic tools of statecraft. The proposed policies offer an acceptable level of security against the rogue-state ICBM threat while avoiding its strategic costs -- and will, therefore, strengthen our overall national security strategy."

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2000
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