Update on Missile Defense Technology

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Date(s) - 5/22/200212:00 am - 12:00 pm


Dr. Gregory Canavan reviewed the current and projected effectiveness of ground-based defenses against attacks by rogue nations as well as accidental or unauthorized launches from Russia or China.  He also discussed the prospects for a space-based boost phase defense.

Dr. Canavan has worked in the area of missile and defense technologies for over twenty-five years.  He has served as Director of the Office of Inertial Fusion at the Department of Energy and as Deputy to the Air Force Chief of Staff.  Since 1981, Dr.Canavan has been Scientific Advisor, Physics Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory.  In 2000, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his contributions in military science and technology and their transfer to the civilian sector.

This is the first in a series of Roundtables on recent advances in U.S. missile defense and their impact on national security in the post-ABM Treaty era.  In the second Roundtable, scheduled for Thursday, June 13, H. Baker Spring will discuss the impact of the U.S. withdrawal from the ABM Treaty on the effectiveness of missile defense and the larger implications for U.S. national security.


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