Diverging Objectives: Maintaining Strategic Stability with Russia While Expanding Global Missile Defense

Many recent developments prompted me to look more deeply at Russia’s concerns related to US ballistic missile defense (BMD) and how it affects strategic stability. Russia is posing an increasing threat in multiple domains driven by its great power aspirations and revisionist desires. President Putin recently announced that Russia is developing a number of asymmetric nuclear capabilities to counter missile defense, while at the same time it is recapitalizing its traditional, triad-based nuclear deterrent. The rollercoaster ride that is the North Korean threat will continue to drive US missile defense spending, seemingly to the detriment of near-peer strategic stability. Are Russia’s concerns more than political bluster? Can we reduce tension with Moscow and what role does BMD actually play? Is further arms control with Russia possible?    Order on Amazon