Coffey, J.I.
April 1967
Foreign Affairs;Apr1967, Vol. 45 Issue 3, p403
This article focuses on the issues regarding anti-ballistic missiles in the and its implication to the foreign relation United States. Although legislators already work on anti-ballistic missiles for some years, the possibility for their being really effective have in the past seemed relatively small. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and other legislators have indicated that this was due largely to the development of sophisticated penetration aids (chaff, decoys, nose cones whose wakes were not easily identifiable by radar, etc.), so that incoming warheads could not be readily distinguished at the optimum altitudes for engagement by anti-ballistic missiles. A second relevant development was the detonation by the Chinese of a series of nuclear devices.


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