The Cruise Missile Challenge: Designing a Defense Against Asymmetric Threats

Terrorism, rogue states, and the prospect of renewed state-to-state competition comprise the security environment facing the United States and will define that environment for the foreseeable future. Potential competitors and adversaries are turning to asymmetric strategies in an effort to alter the strategic balance of power which otherwise favors the United States. Such strategies seek to exploit U.S.
vulnerabilities to inflict or threaten to inflict damage to innocent people, cities and symbolic landmarks with the goals of upsetting public or allied opinion, creating terror and destruction, and possibly restricting freedom of action and/or deterring or dissuading U.S. responses. An ideal weapon for a nation or group looking to pursue such a strategy is the cruise missile.

Partner & Fellow Blogs