Accession Number : ADA140280

Title :   Ballistic Missile Defense, Space-Based Weapons, and the Defense of the West.

Descriptive Note : Strategic issues research memo.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Papp,D S

PDF Url : ADA140280

Report Date : 15 Nov 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : This memorandum examines the many issues related to the technical feasibility and future deterrent utility of ballistic missile defense (BMD). The author contends that BMD clearly presents American and Western security planners with a staggering number of possibilities. The author concludes, however, the uncertainties to future BMD technologies, the unknown constraints of deployment, the potential costs make acquisition decisions highly problematic. Neither proponents nor opponents of spaced-based, land-based, or layered BMD systems have presented evidence that drives one to unambiguous final conclusions. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Antimissile defense systems, *Defense planning, Space weapons, Space based, National defense, Policies, Western security(International), Deterrence, Space warfare, Costs

Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE