Missile Defense and Deterrence

In the 1980s, commentators predicted that conventional precision-strike systems would become capable of strategic effects that formerly only nuclear weapons could do. Despite efforts to curtail their proliferation, the spread of delivery system technologies has instead produced a kind of “missile renaissance.” Recent technological, commercial, and geopolitical trends have contributed to a surge in the global supply and demand for unmanned, high-precision, and high-velocity delivery systems—and the means to defend against them.

Tom Karako
Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Missile Defense Project