Why has the United States continued to develop ballistic missile
defenses in an era of irregular warfare and asymmetric terrorist
threats? How does missile defense contribute to US global strategy? Can
the BMD system achieve the goals that lay behind its creation? Michael
Mayer addresses these questions in his balanced approach to the
contentious debate over the strategic value of missile defense.
Mayer surveys the grand strategies of the Clinton, Bush, and Obama
administrations, methodically comparing them with each president's
missile defense policies. He also demystifies the fundamentals of the
BMD system. Seeking to change the terms of the debate, he cogently
challenges much of the conventional wisdom touted by both supporters and
detractors of ballistic missile defense.