November 28, 2001, 4:30pm
Willet Science Center 109
(Overflow to WSC 101, if necessary...)
Defense in the 21st Century: Threat, Cost, and Effectiveness”
this talk, I lay out the earlier missile defense developmental history, the
political premises inherent in the earlier Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
and the threat and policy justifications now being suggested as supporting
national level missile defense. The
essential arguments sustaining such a technologically challenged program are
developed in terms of an ideological continuum ranging from the believers as
crystallized in the original ABM treaty (anti-ballistic missile treaty), the
pragmatists who still drive the debate in Washington, and the Wilsonians who won
the first round in the struggle over ballistic missile defense decades ago.
Underlying this entire discussion lurks the technological imperative
always so powerful as a motivational force within American strategic thinking.
The talk also examines the threat, cost, and effectiveness of such a
system. The talk concludes by
analyzing the current debate and offers some conclusions as to the efficacy of
missile defense in the 21st century and beyond.
join us for light refreshments at 4:15.