Missile Defense

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After the Cold War, Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars" missile defense seemed doomed for lack of a credible threat. But President Bush says the US remains vulnerable to missiles from "rogue states" which are not part of the international arms control system. Supporters say there's no time to lose, but skeptics aren't certain that it would really reduce the danger. Does missile defense promise a safer world or a new arms race? We evaluate talk, technology and timetables with defense specialists from the Clinton and Reagan administrations, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and a national security analyst at the Heritage Foundation.
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American Enterprise Institute

The Ballistic Missile Threat Handbook

Council on Foreign Relations

Heritage Foundation

Los Angeles Times

Social Security Administration



Warren Olney