U.S. Ballistic Missile Capabilities in Europe: Background and Implementation

Paulina Cipriani (Editor)

Series: American Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL012000

In early 2007, after several years of internal discussions and consultations with Poland and the Czech Republic, the Bush Administration formally proposed to defend against an Iranian missile threat by deploying a ground-based mid-course defense (GMD) element in Europe as part of the global U.S. BMDS (Ballistic Missile Defense System). The system would have included 10 interceptors in Poland, a radar in the Czech Republic and another radar that would have been deployed in a country closer to Iran, to be completed by 2013 at a reported cost of at least $4 billion.

The proposed European BMD capability raised a number of foreign policy challenges in Europe and with Russia. The United States negotiated and signed agreements with Poland and the Czech Republic, but for a number of reasons those agreements were not ratified by the end of the Bush Administration. This book examines the long-range ballistic missile defense in Europe. It also discusses the implementation challenges for future capabilities in Europe; and actions needed to address these implementation issues. (Imprint: Nova)



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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Long-Range Ballistic Missile Defense in Europe (pp. 1-44)
Steven A. Hildreth and Carl Ek

Chapter 2 – Ballistic Missile Defense: DOD Needs to Address Planning and Implementation Challenges for Future Capabilities in Europe (pp. 45-94)
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 3 – Ballistic Missile Defense: Actions Needed to Address Implementation Issues and Estimate Long-Term Costs for European Capabilities (pp. 95-132)
United States Government Accountability Office


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