Graduation Year

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.A.

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department

Government and International Affairs

Major Professor

Darrell Slider, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Darrell Slider, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Earl Conteh-Morgan, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Steven Roach, Ph.D.

Keywords

deterrence, Phased Adaptive Approach, Foreign Policy Concept, Military Doctrine

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to study the effects that Russian, U.S., and NATO policies of deterrence have on strategic missile defense as well as how these policies and strategic missile defense affect future weapons proliferation. The aspects explored are the current Russian strategic forces and quality, Russian policies and strategies, the Phased Adaptive Approach, and U.S. and NATO policies and strategies. Mitigation of this pressing issue may be through open dialogue, a system to limit future U.S. and NATO interceptors and sensors, and a possible joint data exchange center.

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