Ballistic Missile Defence and US National Security Policy: by Andrew Futter

By Andrew Futter

This booklet examines the transformation in US puzzling over the position of Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) in nationwide defense coverage because the finish of the chilly warfare.

The evolution of the BMD debate after the chilly battle has been complicated, advanced and punctuated. As this booklet indicates, the talk and next coverage offerings may frequently seem to mirror neither the actual necessities of the overseas method for US defense at any given time, nor certainly the present functions of BMD technology.

Ballistic Missile Defence and US nationwide safety Policy strains the evolution of coverage from the zero-sum debates that surrounded the Strategic security Initiative as Ronald Reagan left workplace, as much as the relative political consensus that exists round a restricted BMD deployment in 2012. The e-book indicates how and why coverage advanced in this type of advanced demeanour in this interval, and explains the strategic reasoning and political pressures shaping BMD coverage less than all of the presidents who've held place of work on account that 1989. finally, this quantity demonstrates how relative developments in expertise, mixed with progress within the perceived missile probability, steadily shifted the contours and rhythm of the family missile defence debate within the US in the direction of attractiveness and normalisation.

This e-book could be of a lot curiosity to scholars of missile defence and hands keep an eye on, US nationwide safety coverage, strategic reviews and diplomacy in general.

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5 billion for SDI, only marginally less than the previous year, and over $850 million more than had been appropriated just a few months earlier. The request reflected Bush’s growing enthusiasm 30 George H. W. Bush (1989–1993) for the potential of Brilliant Pebbles. 66 Cooper also suggested that a new strategic order was developing in which different types of threats would emerge from a now more restive and less secure Soviet Union and from the proliferation of ballistic missile technology to hostile Third World states.

21 In keeping with this air of caution, Bush was also determined to ensure against a recidivist Soviet Union, particularly during 1989 and 1990 when he thought that Mikhail Gorbachev might be re-­energising the country, but also after 1991 as he continued to hedge against any future threat from Russia or elsewhere. 22 Consequently, while BMD would be important to Bush, it would not be a key priority on his international agenda. Instead maintaining the ABM Treaty would be central to US–Russian relations and to US foreign policy as a whole.

The first dynamic that would shape Bush’s approach to missile defence was his style of leadership. Bush was known to be something of a pragmatist when it came to policy – preferring to be reactive rather than proactive – and favouring a ‘realist’ approach to international affairs. Unlike his predecessor, Bush surrounded himself with a national security team with mixed views of ballistic missile defence: National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft and Secretary of State James Baker were sceptical, while Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, Vice President Dan Quayle14 and particularly SDIO Director Henry Cooper were very much in favour.

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