Accession Number : ADA303454

Title :   Legal Implications of United States Ballistic Missile Defense Systems.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Sorge, Keith M.

PDF Url : ADA303454

Report Date : AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 130

Abstract : Following the extensive use of ballistic missiles in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, there has been a renewed emphasis within the United States to develop and deploy anti-ballistic missile defenses.This thesis examines whether the current ballistic missile defense programs of the United States comply with the limitations imposed by the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty between the Soviet Union and the United States. The thesis begins with a review of the development of ballistic missiles and the systems designed to defend against them. Next an analysis of the ABM Treaty is offered, including its differing interpretations. The Treaty's legal restrictions are then applied to current ABM defensive systems in various stages of research and development. The thesis concludes with an examination of the various lawful possibilities to modify the restrictive provision of the Treaty. (MM)

Descriptors :   *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *TREATIES, *INTERNATIONAL LAW, GUIDED MISSILES, USSR, UNITED STATES, THESES, THREAT EVALUATION, HISTORY, STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE, BALLISTIC MISSILE INTERCEPT SYSTEMS, ACCIDENTS, DISARMAMENT.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE