The Administration of George W. Bush withdrew unilaterally from the
Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in the interest of national security, then
deployed partially tested anti-ballistic missiles in Alaska in
anticipation of a nuclear threat from North Korea, then proposed a
"third site" for missile defense based in Europe in anticipation of an
Iranian threat, which antagonized Russia. The Administration of Barack
Obama has made changes in anti-missile policy, but in certain ways has
continued on a similar path.
The leading issues confronting these policies will be discussed
by Michael Nacht of the University of California (Berkeley), Dean
Wilkening of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Theodore
Postol of MIT. Among the pressing questions are:
What is the Obama BMD approach and how does it differ from the Bush policy?
Is the current US BMD strategy based on sound technology fundamentals?
What are the likely international ramifications of the
Obama Administrationís approach to missile defense, particularly in