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Events in Physics
Title: A Special Panel Discussion On Ballistic Missile Defense    (Seminar)
Start Date: 02/01/2012
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: IGS Library, 109 Moses Hall
Speaker: Dean Wilkening, Theodore Postol, Michael Nacht
Affiliation: Various
Contact Person: Sarah Wittmer   (510) 642-3034

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 Europe?