This revised and updated edition identifies the cultural factors and specific administrative agendas that have shaped the way we view ballistic missile technology. Three new sections connect our recent, sudden shifts in foreign policy to ongoing historical patterns. Whether cautioning against the "almost neurotic pursuit of absolute security" or examining the powerful influence of religion on military buildup, Ernest J.Yanarella uncovers the deeply ingrained attitudes that will determine the future of American missile defense.
"A very useful history of the antiballistic missile controversy." -- American Historical Review
"For anyone interested in the force of the 'technological imperative' in determining foreign policy, this admirably uncluttered and concisely presented study is essential reading." -- Book Forum
"An excellent book, carefully researched, logically constructed, well worth reading. It is one of the most thorough case studies of national security decision making." -- Military Affairs