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A Shield Against the Bomb: Ballistic Missile Defence in a Nuclear Environment

 
A. Vinod Kumar (Author)
Synopsis

For every major military invention in human history, there has quite always been a countervailing technology. Nuclear weapons have, however, remained an exception. Ballistic missile defence (BMD) has, in recent years, emerged as a formidable means to defend against nuclear-armed delivery systems though yet to prove their total reliability. What does the advent of BMD mean for the nuclear revolution – will it make nuclear weapons obsolete or in turn lead to a new arms race among great powers? This book is a concise volume that examines these strategic dimensions of missile defences, mainly its impact on deterrence. It promises thematic variety by incorporating a technological survey that explains the evolution of BMD concepts and also includes a case study of Southern Asia that throws light on BMD dynamics in a volatile region. The volume balances new conceptual inquests with policy analysis that will make it useful literature on BMD for academics and policymakers.

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About the author

A. Vinod Kumar

A. Vinod Kumar is Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, where he specializes in nuclear policy issues, including counter-proliferation, missile defence and nuclear energy. Earlier, he worked with the Indian Pugwash Society for a Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) project on India's Role in the Emerging Global Nuclear Order. He has published extensively and writes regularly for acclaimed publications including The National Interest, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Strategic Analysis, The Nonproliferation Review, and the Asia Times, among others. Kumar coordinates the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP) at IDSA and has spearheaded an unprecedented archival mining campaign as part of research on India's nuclear history.

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Bibliographic information

Title A Shield Against the Bomb: Ballistic Missile Defence in a Nuclear Environment
Format Hardcover
Date published: 07.03.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Vij Books
Language: English
isbn 9789388161435
length 148p.