Moving Forward with Ballistic Missile Defense: A Memo to President-elect Obama
Publication Date: December 2008
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Special Collection: Presidential Advisory
Keywords: Space-based weapons; Nuclear arms; Presidential transition
Coverage: United States
President-elect Obama, during the campaign you said you were committed to protecting the United States and its allies against attacks that employ weapons of mass destruction (WMD). This commitment extends to fielding defenses against such attacks that are delivered by ballistic missile systems. Your pledge is in keeping with the Bush Administration's policy, moving the U.S. away from the Cold War strategy of relying almost exclusively on large-scale retaliatory threats, including nuclear weapons, to deter attacks. The American people should welcome this continuity because, first and foremost, they want to be protected.