Accession Number : AD0764602

Title :   Considerations Affecting the Deployment of a US Continental Ballistic Missile Defense System.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Hufnagel,David A.

Report Date : 28 FEB 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 78

Abstract : Major arguments for and against the deployment of a US continental ballistic missile defense (BMD) system are set forth and discussed. Special emphasis is given to a historical background of BMD, a summary of current Soviet and Communist Chinese strategic military threats which are related to the BMD deployment question, the three objectives of the Safeguard system and their relation to the strategic sufficiency criteria, and the influence of BMD on both the arms race and strategic arms limitation talks. Other issues discussed include the role of BMD as a protective measure against attack by submarine launched ballistic missiles, and the cost-effectiveness, reliability, and vulnerability of the Safeguard system. Data was gathered from a literature search and personal interviews with both military and civilian officials. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, DEPLOYMENT), SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES, CHINA, USSR, THREAT EVALUATION, ARMS CONTROL

Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE