This book, first published in 1983, analyses the technical and political developments in the two decades after the 1972 Soviet-American ABM treaty. It signposts the route for discussion of the antiballistic missile question – with its shared tacit assumption that nuclear war is for deterring and not fighting – and examines the dangerous tendency to conduct the ABM debate of the 1980s with the technical and political assumptions of the 1960s.
1. Ballistic Missile Defence as a Practicable Proposition H.O. Newsham 2. Critical Decision Areas in the BMD Arms Control Debate Jack L. Kangas 3. Arms Control Implications of Ballistic Missile Defence Robert C. Gray 4. The ABM and American Domestic Politics Phil Williams and Stephen Kirby 5. Europe and the ABM Revival Lawrence Freedman 6. Extended Deterrence and the Protection of the United States ICBM Force Ian Bellany