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National Missile Defence and the Politics of US IdentityA Poststructural Critique$
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Natalie Bormann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074707

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074707.001.0001

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Revisiting missile defence

Revisiting missile defence

(p.33) 2 Revisiting missile defence
National Missile Defence and the Politics of US Identity

Natalie Bormann

Manchester University Press

This chapter serves as an account of what missile defence is. It shows how the missile defence system is located within the overall US thinking of security and observes that missile defence has certain assumptions on the evolving perceptions of threat to US security. The chapter explains how a missile defence system aimed at new threats violates the principles of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Next, it clarifies what exactly the new threats entail – as stated in the Bottom-Up Review and the ‘rogue states doctrine’ – before considering the idea of deploying a missile defence shield. The last part of the chapter outlines the development of the defence mechanism from 1944 to 2003.

Keywords:   missile defence, missile defence system, threat, US security, Anti-Ballistic Missile, Bottom-Up Review, rogue states doctrine, missile defence shield

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