In this testimony before the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, the author deals with one of the most fundamental questions underlying the current debate over the administration's strategic defense initiative: Will the addition of the significant strategic defense capability help to deter Soviet aggression better than if the United States did not have such an addition? The author addresses technology options, the issues of offense vs. defense in an arms race, crisis stability, and extended deterrence.
Thomson, James A., Strategic Defense and Deterrence. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 1984. https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P6985.html. Also available in print form.
Thomson, James A., Strategic Defense and Deterrence, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, P-6985, 1984. As of September 08, 2021: https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P6985.html