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Ballistic Missile Defense Is a Tool, Not a Strategy

Sept. 14, 2017 Assurances of protection against North Korea’s arsenal are too flimsy to form the bedrock of any deterrence strategy.

Summary

The prospect that North Korea could fire missiles at its enemies has, perhaps unsurprisingly, shone a spotlight on the ways in which potential targets could defend themselves. And when it comes to missiles, some say the best defense is more missiles. Ballistic missile defense indeed seems like a natural antidote, and though these systems have been in use for some time – and some have even intercepted their targets – the security they promise could hardly be considered absolute.

Still, South Korea is moving forward with THAAD, ...

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