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National Missile Defence and the Politics of US Identity: A Poststructural Critique

Natalie Bormann


Why adopt a poststructural perspective when reading about the military strategy of national missile defence (NMD)? Certainly, when considering how best to defend the United States against attack by intercontinental ballistic missiles, the value of critical international relations theory may be easy to overlook. So, how might the insight of scholars such as Michel Foucault contribute to our understanding of the decision-making processes behind NMD policy? The deployment of NMD is a sensitive political issue. Official justification for the significance of the NMD system is based upon strategic f ... More

Keywords: military strategy, national missile defence, NMD, intercontinental ballistic missiles, international relations theory, Michel Foucault, decision-making processes, strategic feasibility studies, conventional threat predictions, worst-case scenarios

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780719074707
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074707.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Natalie Bormann, author