Defence as the Best Offence? Missile Defences and Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Oslo, The Norwegian Atlantic Committee | 36 pages
Missile defence may seem both rational and well-considered in light of evolving threats, as well as technological opportunities. However, the systems may interfere with international strategic balances. Both vertical and horizontal proliferation may result, and its impact on existing mechanisms to stem nuclear proliferation may be detrimental.
The analysis shows that missile defences are incompatible with a viable and strong Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The defence systems hence pose fundamental questions related to the future dynamics of nuclear proliferation, as well as preferred countermeasures.