A Shield Against the Bomb : Ballistic Missile Defence in a Nuclear Environment

For every major military invention in human history, there has quite always been a countervailing technology. Nuclear weapons have, however, remained an exception. Ballistic missile defence (BMD) has, in recent years, emerged as a formidable means to defend against nuclear-armed delivery systems though yet to prove their total reliability. What does the advent of BMD mean for the nuclear revolution – will it make nuclear weapons obsolete or in turn lead to a new arms race among great powers? This book is a concise volume that examines these strategic dimensions of missile defences, mainly its impact on deterrence. It promises thematic variety by incorporating a technological survey that explains the evolution of BMD concepts and also includes a case study of Southern Asia that throws light on BMD dynamics in a volatile region. The volume balances new conceptual inquests with policy analysis that will make it useful literature on BMD for academics and policymakers.  

Vij Books
  • Pages: 148
  • 9789388161435 • HARDBACK • Apr 2019 • Rs.695
  • 9789388161442 • EBOOK • May 2019 • Rs.695
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  • A Shield Against the Bomb : Ballistic Missile Defence in a Nuclear Environment
author details

A. Vinod Kumar is Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, and a Visiting Faculty at the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies (IFPS), University of Calcutta. His research interests include nuclear policy issues, missile defence and India's relations with the great powers. Kumar's first book titled India and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime – The Perennial Outlier was published by the Cambridge University Press in April 2014. He has written extensively in acclaimed publications including Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The National Interest, Strategic Analysis, South Asian Survey, Asia Times, Huffington Post, and Vayu Aerospace Review, among others. Kumar was earlier a journalist, a broadcaster and a first-generation online journalist, and was part of several mass-media ventures including as Executive Editor of South Asia Monitor. He was also a Fellow at Indian Pugwash. Kumar is currently spearheading an archival mining effort to trace India's nuclear and foreign policy history. 

Chapter - I The Context
Chapter - II The Evolution and Future of Strategic Interception Technologies 
Chapter III Missile Defence and Nuclear Deterrence 
Chapter IV Offence-Defence Balance and Missile Defence
Chapter - V Missile Defence in the Southern Asian Theatre
Chapter - VI Conclusion