THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE POSSIBLE U.S. INTRODUCTION OF BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENCE INTO THE NORTH AMERICAN AIR DEFENCE SYSTEM

Authors
  1. Ranger, R.
Corporate Authors
Operational Research and Analysis Establishment, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Directorate of Mathematics and Statistics
Abstract
The study investigates the possibilities for the U.S. introduction of Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) into the North American Air Defence System. After examining the origins of the existing limitations on superpower ABM deployment it considers the new technologies for BMD. The study concludes that the technical advances may be sufficiently attractive as a means of defending the increasingly vulnerable U.S. ICBM force for the U.S. to consider abrogating, or renegotiating, ABM limitations at the 1982 Review Conference on the ABM Treaty. The implications for Canada, are then examined in specific and general terms. The finding is that Canada has a major interest in ensuring U.S. ICBM survivability and the probability is that it would be in Canada's national interest to accept the U.S. BMD decision.
Keywords
Air defense
Report Number
EXTRA-MURALPAPER-14 —
Date of publication
15 May 1981
Number of Pages
112
DSTKIM No
82-00529
CANDIS No
35190
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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