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U.S. Arms Control Objectives and the Implications for Ballistic Missile Defense: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
U.S. Arms Control Objectives and the Implications for Ballistic Missile Defense: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
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, 1979, 115 pp
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Strategic Defense in Soviet Strategy
Strategic Defense in Soviet Strategy
By Michael J. Deane
Advanced International Studies Institute, 1980, 119 pp
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A number of factors are contributing to a resurgence of interest in ballistic missile defense: advances in BMD technologies; changes in the cost ratio making defense less expensive than offense; the growing threat to American ICBMs; reduced expectations for negotiated arms control; and doubts about the intellectual underpinnings of the doctrine of mutual assured destruction. The Harvard volume contains a number of excellent essays addressing these questions from a variety of viewpoints. Moving toward a defense-dominated world is likely to require modifying or even abrogating the ABM Treaty. Whether this would enhance or decrease strategic stability remains, it would appear from the symposium, a moot point. Michael Deane's book argues that the Soviets do not accept Western concepts of deterrence and that they will continue to seek strategic defense capabilities.