No issue is more urgent or central to achieving progress toward the goal of creating an inclusive Euro-Atlantic Security Community than making European missile defence a joint project of the United States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and Russia.
This paper, the intense work of an expert group drawn from the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative’s membership and a wider circle of former senior policymakers and defence specialists, shows the way. It provides a basic concept for a cooperative NATO-Russian missile defence system, describes the principles that should underlie it, and lays out an architecture that gives practical expression to the concept. The architectural design, it is noteworthy, was jointly created by a former director of the U.S. Department of Defence’s Missile Defence Agency and a former chief of staff of the USSR Strategic Rocket Forces.
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