- Tapa dura: 270 páginas
- Editor: Praeger (30 de mayo de 2008)
- Colección: Praeger Security International
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0275998363
- ISBN-13: 978-0275998363
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Missile Contagion: Cruise Missile Proliferation and the Threat to International Security: How Knowledge, Narrative and Norms Are Reshaping Missile Proliferation (Praeger Security International) (Inglés) Tapa dura – 30 may 2008
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"[Gormley's] exhaustive treatment of missile proliferation makes Missile Contagion an important analysis of nonproliferation regimes, the subtle interrelation of cruise and ballistic missiles, and the strategic import of defenses against them." - Journal of International Security Affairs "For all those who want to understand this threat and what can and must be done about it, Gormley's book is an indispensable guide." - Parameters "The strength of Gormley's approach is that Missile Contagion is structured to address issues of interest to multiple audiences-international security analysts, academics, and policymakers. Failing to heed his unambiguous warnings will increase the likelihood that the missile contagion will spread unchecked, and the United States, along with its allies and friends, will confront a world unnecessarily more dangerous.' " - The Nonproliferation Review "Gormley (Univ. of Pittsburgh) systematically and effectively lays out the often underestimated threat of cruise missile proliferation. . . . Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." - Choice
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Most books on missile proliferation focus on the spread of ballistic missiles or cruise missiles, not both. Gormley's work, however, explains why cruise missiles are beginning to spread widely, but does so by explaining their spread in the context of ballistic missile proliferation. It therefore treats both ballistic and cruise missile proliferation as related phenomenon. This work also focuses evenhandedly on both nonproliferation and defense policy (including missile defenses and counterforce doctrines) to fashion a set of integrated strategies for dealing with ballistic and cruise missile proliferation. Signs of missile contagion abound. In this study, Gormley argues that a series of rapid and surprising developments since 2005 suggest that the proliferation of missiles capable of delivering either weapons of mass destruction or highly accurate conventional payloads is approaching a critical threshold. The surprising fact is that land-attack cruise missiles, not ballistic missiles, constitute the primary problem. Flying under the radar, both literally and figuratively, land-attack cruise missiles add a dangerous new dimension to protecting U.S. security interests and preventing regional military instability. Gormley asserts that cruise missiles are not destined to supplant ballistic missiles; rather, they are likely to join them, because when both are employed together, they could severely test even the best missile defenses. Worse yet, Gormley argues, land-attack cruise missiles are increasingly being linked to preemptive strike doctrines, which are fueling regional arms races and crisis instability. This work explains why an epidemic of cruise missile proliferation, long forecasted by analysts, has only recently begun to occur. After first assessing the state of ballistic missile proliferation, Gormley explores the role of three factors in shaping the spread of cruise missiles. These include specialized knowledge needed for missile development; narrative messages about reasons for acquiring cruise missiles; and norms of state behavior about missile nonproliferation policy and defense doctrine. This book then addresses the policy adjustments needed to stanch the spread of cruise missiles in the first place, or, barring that, cope militarily with a more demanding missile threat consisting of both cruise and ballistic missiles.Ver Descripción del producto
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The strength of Gormley's approach to the subject is that it addresses the subject broadly with attention to the varied issues that most concern international security analysts, academics, and policymakers. Part I of the book establishes the proliferation context by analyzing the evolving nature of cruise missiles while highlighting the advent of land-attack cruise missiles as an emerging precision attack capability well suited for preemptive strikes.
Part II presents a scholarly analysis of the underlying factors that shape the prospects for the widespread proliferation of land-attack cruise missiles. It reviews that challenging nature of acquiring the necessary know-how required for systems integration, the narrative messages that governments and their supporters offer as rationales for the need to acquire highly accurate land-attack cruise missiles, and the pressure on the international norms against missile proliferation.
The author rounds out his assessment in Part III by returning to the policy issues that arise from the prospective worldwide spread of land-attack cruise missiles. Gormley identifies policy issues that U.S. policymakers must now address if they wish to mitigate the unintended consequences of years of turning a blind eye to the effects of allowing land-attack cruise missiles to become a weapon of choice for regional powers seeking a weapon system for preemptive purposes. He outlines the steps needed to repair existing nonproliferation norms, as well as highlights the challenging defense acquisition issues that cruise missile proliferation present for the United States.
Unique among its kind, the book adds a new dimension to literature on missile proliferation by providing an intricate discussion of the importance that tacit knowledge plays in successful development of a complex weapons system. By employing a range of captivating, yet easily accessible, case studies and anecdotes, the author reveals that the "good news" is that cruise missile proliferation is for the time being constrained by the number of individuals with crucial systems engineering and systems integration skills.
But because cruise missile proliferation is reaching a "tipping point," Gormley argues that the U.S. must urgently take advantage of seemingly simple, yet often forgotten or easily dismissed, tools in its non- and counter-proliferation policy toolbox in order to reduce the attractiveness of cruise missiles in the world's hotspots. The author also skillfully dissects the damaging impact of the U.S. declaratory policy on missile defense, which the next administration, its partisan orientation notwithstanding, must remedy to ensure security to the U.S. and its interests.
The book, while written for an expert audience, is nevertheless perfect for a graduate-level reader. The chapters can be used as stand-alone reading assignments to supplement discussion of technical, strategic, and regional implications of missile proliferation. "Missile Contagion" is a most definitely a must-read for defense technology experts, foreign policy practitioners, and students of international security alike.