ATLANTIC TREATY ASSOCIATION
Volume 2 - Issue 3, March 2012
NATO AND MISSILE DEFENSE: ROCKET SCIENCE OR GLOBAL SECURITY NECESSITY? A ballistic missile defense architecture for Europe is one of the current priorities in NATO’s capability development, as strengthened on the occasion of the 2010 Lisbon Summit and within the 2010 Strategic Concept. Allies are cooperating in building up the necessary infrastructure for the protection of the European citizens, and NATO’s Heads of State and Government are supposed to announce an important interim missile defense capability at the upcoming Chicago Summit. Without it be-
The proposed system is to protect NATO Allies from a perceived growing threat from countries like Iran (Photo: The Guardian)
ing officially confirmed the missile shield in progress is currently mainly directed against a
potential missile threat from Iran. However, several questions have to be asked in an age of austerity, “Smart Defense” and new security challenges: Will the missile defense undertaking become just another example for the US providing European Allies with essential capabilities? How can NATO manage to finally integrate Russia into the project in a way that missile defense can serve as cornerstone of further NATO-Russia partnership? And: What are the alternatives to building up this program?
Global Pulse: The Euro-zone Crisis and the Future of Greece. A Youth Perspective A new feature of Atlantic Voices. Maria Stamatopoulou explains her understanding of the Euro-zone crisis and the effect it is having on the present circumstance and future outlook of the Greek youth.
Missile Defense: A Hazardous and Ineffective Indulgence In his article, Oliver Jones provides a critical perspective on NATO’s Ballistic Missile Defense. He looks at the system that is currently being developed by different Allies, from a technical and strategic perspective, while also including political aspects into his assessment. He argues in favour of an adaptation of the program in order to effectively protect citizens on NATO territory, and not limit the capability to the protection of military forces in theatre.
Atlantic Voices, Volume 2, Issue 3
In this issue, Oliver Jones provides a critical perspective on NATO’s Ballistic Missile Defense. He looks at the system that is currently be...