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Author Eisendrath, Craig R.
Title The phantom defense : America's pursuit of the Star Wars illusion / Craig Eisendrath, Melvin A. Goodman and Gerald E. Marsh.
Imprint Westport, Conn. : Praeger, [2001]
©2001

Series Praeger Security International.
Subject Ballistic missile defenses -- United States.
Alt Name Goodman, Melvin A. (Melvin Allan), 1938-
Marsh, Gerald E., 1939-
Description 1 online resource (xix, 190 pages) : illustrations
Note Includes index.
Summary In the past four decades, the United States has spent $85 billion pursuing the fantasy of an effective missile defense system to shield our nation against the threat of a nuclear attack. Recent public tests, while less exotic than some of the original "Star Wars" proposals, were spectacular failures and call into question the whole program's rationale. Neither the land-based system proposed by the Clinton administration, nor the alternatives proposed by earlier administrations, would ever work--regardless of how much R & D money is channeled into the project. Rather than enhancing national security, these doomed efforts would provoke a new arms race and alienate key allies. The authors apply their extensive insiders' expertise to argue that thoughtful diplomacy is the only real answer to meet America's national security goals.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Deja Vu All Over Again: A Short History of "Star Wars" -- Ch. 2. Anti-Missile Defense and the Political Maze -- Ch. 3. Two views of the World -- Ch. 4. The Exaggerated Threat of Ballistic Missiles -- Ch. 5. Why National Missile Defense Won't Work -- Ch. 6. Other Proposed National Missile Defense Systems -- Ch. 7. Geopolitical Implications of National Missile Defense -- Ch. 8. Arms Control and Policy Alternatives -- App. 1. Countermeasures -- App. 2. Waste, Fraud, and Abuse -- App. 3. The Center for International Policy.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0313016151 (electronic bk.)
9780313016158 (electronic bk.)
027597183X (alk. paper)
9780275971830 (alk. paper)
1280315512
9781280315510
OCLC # 54671002
Additional Format Print version: Eisendrath, Craig R. Phantom defense. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, ©2001 027597183X (DLC) 2001021159 (OCoLC)45951609