BMD: The Phantom Menace

from: Abolition 2000 Grassroots Newsletter
October 1999

On Saturday, September 25th, approximately 60 activists, organized by Bruce Gagnon from the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, joined together to protest the first ever test of the National Missile Defense system at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization is a division within the Department of Defense and is responsible for managing, directing and executing the Ballistic Missile Program. The three areas currently being pursued by the BMD Program are: Theater Missile Defense (TMD), National Missile Defense (NMD) and advanced ballistic missile defense technologies.

The NMD system is a space and missile tracking system. It includes six fundamental components:

In July 1999, President Clinton signed legislation that will permit the deployment of the NMD system "as soon as technologically feasible." The President and Congress are contemplating the deployment of a system that has little possibility of success. Instead of wasting billions testing undeveloped technology, defense efforts should concentrate on the enforcement of treaties to prevent the development of other counter-technologies.

Reasons to Oppose the NMD system include:

See also:
Council for a Livable World


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