Limitations on tactical missile defenses: negotiated and otherwise

by Kevin N. Lewis

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The launching of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative raises defense strategy issues surrounding the capabilities of antitactical ballistic missiles (ATBMs) and the U.S.-Soviet antiballistic missile treaty of 1972. This paper explores potential policies on ATBMs, reasons for heightened interest in ATBM issues, possibilities for limiting ATBMs, and historical trends and current concerns regarding ATBMs and arms limitation agendas. The author discusses the desirability of restrictions on ATBMs, existing limitations and the extent of those limits, and candidate rules for ATBM restriction.

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