Constraining missile defence

Glenn Diesen*, Conor Keane

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ABSTRACT: Assessing missile defence through the prism of offence-defence theory requires primarily an examination of legal and structural constraints on future development. New weapons technology is frequently cited as having the most critical impact on the offence-defence balance. Yet, the method for assessing the introduction of a new weapons technology tends to neglect projected maturity and instead focus excessively on the initial rudimentary capabilities. It is argued here that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (NATO’s) missile defence is set to incrementally become more advanced in terms of quality, quantity and mobility, which is supported by a strategy that is increasingly favouring offence. As the system gradually enhances the offensive advantage vis-à-vis Russia, NATO categorically rejects any legal or structural constraints on future deployments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-143
Number of pages15
JournalDefense and Security Analysis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2016


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