Missile Defense Is Inherently Destabilizing and Provocative

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“Hawks look at other states’ growing arsenals and conclude that the answer is to increase missile defenses, but they are mistaken. Because it is relatively easy and cheaper to overwhelm these defensive systems, the other states can and do respond to expanded missile defense with still-larger and more sophisticated arsenals. We know this because it is has already been happening. The U.S. repudiation of the ABM Treaty was a serious unforced error by the Bush administration that encouraged other nuclear weapons states to expand and modernize their arsenals. Russia and China have both developed new delivery systems for the express purpose of getting around missile defenses because they perceive U.S. missile defenses as potentially negating part of their existing arsenals.” (11/14/22)