SPECIAL REPORT INITIAL DEPLOYMENT The Administration intends to deploy an initial operating capability of a ground-based strategic ballistic missile defense system (GMD), designed to attack incoming missiles in their mid-course phase of flight, beginning in the summer of 2004. Initial defensive operations will be declared before the end of September of this year. The current […]
by Robert G. Gard The Bush Administration will soon deploy the first stages of a Missile Defense system designed to protect the United States from a ballistic missile attack. But today, during a press conference unveiling “An Open Letter to President Bush,” the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation criticized the deployment of […]
Current national missile defense deployment plans The initial deployment of land-based interceptors designed to smash into enemy warheads headed toward the U.S. is scheduled for calendar 2004. The Pentagon originally announced plans to deploy 10 interceptors in Alaska and California by October 2004, just before the election. At this point, it is likely that the […]
By George Rathjens and Carl Kaysen, A year ago President Bush announced that he was ordering the deployment of an anti-ballistic-missile (ABM) system, with the first sites to be operational in 2004 in Alaska and California. In 1967 President Johnson made a strikingly similar decision. Both smacked of election-year domestic politics. President Johnson had reason […]
The Working Group, founded in 1989, has joined the Center’s newly expanded program on biological and chemical weapons control.