Ballistic Missle Defense

The Full Costs of Ballistic Missile Defense

This report, edited by Richard Kaufman, with chapters by Rodney Jones, David Gold, and William Cox, outlines the full costs of a multi-layered ballistic missile defense system with land, sea, air, and space-based components. The report notes that "If a goal of full deployment of ground, sea and air-based systems by 2015 is to be met, half the costs -- about $500 billion -- could be incurred in the next 13 years. . . . Under this demanding schedule, spending must increase very rapidly. . . reaching perhaps. . . $50 billion by 2007." If the military budget were not increased to cover spending on BMD, "then BMD would displace nearly 6% of other defense spending by 2005 and more than 12% from 2007 through 2011," according to the report. Drs. Kenneth J. Arrow and Lawrence R. Klein served as economic advisors to the project team.

Preface (by Kenneth J. Arrow0
Executive Summary
The Full Costs of Ballistic Missile Defense (full version in .pdf)

Newsletter Articles

Deploying a Campaign Promise (Matt Martin, May 2003)

Missile Defense: Can Anything Be Done (Richard Kaufman, May 2003)
From the Activist's Notebook: Thinking Geopolitically: NMD, Star Wars and Control of the Heavens and the Earth Below (Bruce Gagnon, December 2001)

US Missile Defense After the Bush-Putin Summit (Lisbeth Gronlund , December 2001)

Missile Defense: A Deadly Danger (James Galbraith, April 2001)

Beyond NMD, Bush Team Envisions Weaponization of Space (Karl Grossman, April 2001)

Take A Stand: Question National Missile Defense (Daryll Kimball , April 2001)

NMD: A Surprising Twist Proposed by 'Some' Russians (Victor Mizin, April 2001)

Missile Defense Complicates US-Russia Relations (Paul Podvig, November 2000)

The Planned US National Missile Defense: Will it Work? (George Lewis, July 2000)