Missile Contagion: Cruise Missile Proliferation and the by Dennis M. Gormley

By Dennis M. Gormley

Most books on missile proliferation concentrate on the unfold of ballistic missiles or cruise missiles, no longer either. Gormley's paintings, besides the fact that, explains why cruise missiles are commencing to unfold generally, yet does so through explaining their unfold within the context of ballistic missile proliferation. It as a result treats either ballistic and cruise missile proliferation as similar phenomenon. This paintings additionally focuses evenhandedly on either nonproliferation and safeguard coverage (including missile defenses and counterforce doctrines) to style a collection of built-in concepts for facing ballistic and cruise missile proliferation.

Signs of missile contagion abound. during this learn, Gormley argues sequence of fast and magnificent advancements for the reason that 2005 recommend that the proliferation of missiles in a position to offering both guns of mass destruction or hugely actual traditional payloads is impending a severe threshold. The staggering truth is that land-attack cruise missiles, no longer ballistic missiles, represent the first challenge. Flying less than the radar, either actually and figuratively, land-attack cruise missiles upload a deadly new size to keeping U.S. protection pursuits and fighting local army instability. Gormley asserts that cruise missiles should not destined to supplant ballistic missiles; really, they're prone to subscribe to them, simply because while either are hired jointly, they can seriously try even the simplest missile defenses. Worse but, Gormley argues, land-attack cruise missiles are more and more being associated with preemptive strike doctrines, that are fueling local fingers races and concern instability. This paintings explains why a plague of cruise missile proliferation, lengthy forecasted by means of analysts, has just recently began to ensue. After first assessing the kingdom of ballistic missile proliferation, Gormley explores the position of 3 elements in shaping the unfold of cruise missiles. those contain really good wisdom wanted for missile improvement; narrative messages approximately purposes for buying cruise missiles; and norms of country habit approximately missile nonproliferation coverage and protection doctrine. This booklet then addresses the coverage alterations had to stanch the unfold of cruise missiles within the first position, or, barring that, cope militarily with a extra challenging missile probability which include both cruise and ballistic missiles.

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