Accession Number : ADA309123

Title :   Counterproliferation Strategy: The Influence of Technology, Budget, and Arms Control on Theater Missile Defenses.

Descriptive Note : Strategic research project,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Parlier, Greg H.

PDF Url : ADA309123

Report Date : 20 MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : This paper describes the historical evolution of the theater missile threat during World War II and the Persian Gulf War, and analyzes current technological challenges, budgetary pressures, and arms control restraints which constrain the development and deployment of effective theater missile defenses. The impact of these trends on strategic concepts as outlined in the National Military Strategy and their implications for attaining national policy objectives is assessed. A systems approach is used to describe1 analyze, and evaluate the effectiveness of emerging counterproliferation strategy within the framework of an ends-ways-means strategy formulation paradigm. I conclude that current trends will lead to a self-deterring strategy: resources are inadequate to support the ways we intend to achieve our national objectives. Recommendations are made to eliminate unacceptable risk and enhance the concept of 'extended conventional deterrence' consistent with U.S. national values and security interests for our role in a new world order.

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION, *MILITARY STRATEGY, *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *ARMS CONTROL, MILITARY HISTORY, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, PERSIAN GULF, MILITARY DOCTRINE, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, MILITARY BUDGETS, DETERRENCE.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE