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S. national territory was a concept far advanced of available, or foreseeable, technology. But it had the virtue of forcing the right questions onto the policy agenda. S. want to deploy it, against whom, and for what? The questions remain important even in the aftermath of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union because the nuclear age still remains. S. missile defenses now rests not on the requirement for deterring or defending against a comprehensive Soviet or Russian attack: instead, the rationale put forward for defenses now is that they are needed 32 C A N M I S S I L E D E F E N S E S OV E RT U R N D E T E R R E N C E ?

S. national territory can guard against the foreseeable possibility of a future rogue state or accidental nuclear launch. S. forces, installations and command-control or against American allies (“anti-access” strategies). S. regional theater commanders (formerly CINCs, now Combatant Commanders) will insist upon the development and deployment of improved theater missile defenses (TMD) regardless of the fate of national missile defenses: in turn, some TMD can provide test beds for one or more technologies also relevant for NMD.

By the time the flying wing became technically feasible, the strategic rationale for the bomber was less obviously justifiable. S. 31 They also emphasize the possible payoffs from innovation in C4ISR, precision strike and stealth technology that are the most tangible and immediate: targets destroyed, enemy command and control disrupted, and so forth. The impact of the information revolution on military strategy and political decision making in security policy is broader than battle. According to Robert O.

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