Missile Defense Opposition Webinar February 9

February 8th, 2022 - by Massachusetts Peace Action & International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility

Missile Defense: A Forgotten Program That Is Fomenting a Global Nuclear Arms Race

Massachusetts Peace Action & International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility

Webinar: Wednesday, February 9th at 7pm EST

(February 5, 2022) — Missile defense has largely fallen off the agenda of the peace movement as a fait accompli. However, drawing from his experience as a Congressional staffer and as a Senior analyst for the Government Accountability Office, Subrata Ghoshroy will argue that it is not so in an upcoming webinar on Wednesday, February 9th.

US pursuit of a global missile defense program and the ongoing deployment of such systems in Europe are driving both Russia and China to modernize their nuclear arsenals causing a dangerous arms race. Missile defense is a low-hanging fruit that is ripe for a serious budget cut and roll back that would have no impact on US national security. On the contrary, it could significantly improve chances of further reductions in nuclear arms.

On Wednesday, February 9th, Subrata Ghoshroy will discuss the recommendations of the recently released report of the international working group called “Moving Beyond Missile Defense and Space Weapons,” which was sponsored jointly by the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES) and Abolition 2000. In this talk, Subrata will focus on missile defense, while acknowledging its strong linkage with the weapons in outer space.

Subrata Ghoshroy is a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society. He is also a specially-appointed Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Earlier, he was for many years a senior engineer in the field of high-energy lasers. He was also a professional staff member of the House National Security Committee, and later a senior analyst with the Government Accountability Office. He is a frequent contributor to the Bulletin.

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Report of the International Working Group
“Moving Beyond Missile Defense and Space Weapons”

International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility

Read the Executive Summary of the Report:
Executive Summary MDMDS-Report

On November 20, 2000, the UN General Assembly, by a vote of 97 to 0 with 65 abstentions, adopted a resolution demanding a comprehensive approach to missiles that would “contribute to international peace and security.” The resolution gave impetus to civil society to take up the issue. One such initiative was a project by the International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation (INESAP)

They produced a report called Beyond Missile Defense by an international team of scientists and policy analysts. Jayantha Dhanapala, then UN Under-Secretary General for Disarmament, forwarded the report to the UN General Assembly in 2002. They made a number of far-reaching recommendations, summarized later, to develop a verifiable global treaty to ban the development, testing, proliferation, and the acquisition of missiles.

It has been two decades since the above-mentioned UN resolution and the publication of the INESAP report. During this time there has been little or no action toward controlling missiles and missile defense systems. On the contrary, a signal event took place within a short time after the UN resolution. It was the US unilateral withdrawal on July 1, 2002 from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, which served for thirty years as a landmark in the history of arms control agreements. In the post-ABM treaty years, there has been proliferation of both missiles and missile defense systems. Our focus for this report is global missile defense systems, because of their adverse impact on strategic stability.

Similar to the previous effort, INES organized anew an international working group in the summer of 2016 to study the consequences for international peace and security resulting from both the ongoing development and deployment of missile defense systems globally as well as the programs to develop weapons in space.

From the start, the group reached a conclusion that, as desirable as it might be, it would not be practical to advocate a global missile ban in the present international situation. The focus instead should be on banning missile defense systems and space weapons. In a nutshell, this report focuses on two subject areas, namely, missile defense and the weaponization of space. It explores the linkages between the two in the larger context of nuclear arms control and disarmament.

The membership of the working group is described elsewhere. It is important to note that the membership represents a broad spectrum of people who are individually affiliated to civil society organizations and universities. Some are former government officials and others are independent analysts.

Because of unforeseen circumstances, the work of the group could not proceed as planned.

The present report is the product of mostly individual efforts in writing specific sections. In addition to the members of the original group, who contributed to the report, we invited several scholars outside the group to contribute. While we generally agree on the broad parameters of our analysis, it is by no means a consensus document. Therefore, the views expressed in the articles are solely those of the respective authors.

Download the Sections of the Report

  1. The 2001-2006 INESAP project Moving Beyond Missile Defense
    A brief summary – Jürgen Scheffran
  2. The US missile defense systems – history, politics, waste, and fraud
    1. Why does Missile Defense Still Enjoy Bipartisan Support in Congress? – Subrata Ghoshroy
    2. The Price for Blowing the Whistle – Subrata Ghoshroy
  3. The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
    The impact of the ABM treaty on the nuclear arms race – Claus Montonen
  4. The US missile defense programs
    The status of the US missile defense programs – Christian Alwardt
  5. European and NATO Missile Defense Programs
    The Deployment of missile defense systems and its implications for European Security and Nuclear Disarmament – Götz Neuneck
  6. Missile proliferation and missile defense systems in East Asia
    Missile Proliferation and the Security Dilemma in East Asia – Masako Ikegami
  7. A critical examination of the US missile defense program: a view from Moscow
    Evolution of the U.S, Missile Defense Systems: a Russian Perspective – Vladimir Kozin
  8. Ballistic Missile and Missile Defense programs in India
    Ballistic Missile and Ballistic Missile Defense capability in India – Rajaram Nagappa
  9. The evolution of the public perception of space as a battleground
    Public Acceptance of Space as a Battleground – Monica Zoppe
  10. Preventing weaponization and an arms race in outer space
    Prevention of Arms Race in Outer Space: obstacles and options – Dave Webb and Jürgen Scheffran
  11. Weaponization of space: a view from India
    India and weaponization of space – Rajaram Nagappa
  12. The interchangeability of antisatellite and missile defense systems
    Anti-Satellite Weapons and Ballistic Missile Defense: the Siamese Twins? – Dave Webb and Jürgen Scheffran
  13. Weaponization of space: a Russian view
    The United States seeks domination in space – Vladimir Kozin
  14. Nuclear weapons, disarmament, and missile defense: a Chinese perspective
    China’s nuclear weapons strategy and modernization program – Hui Zhang
  15. The Pentagon’s secret X-37B space plane program tocdevelop space weapons technology
    X-37B: Backdoor weaponization of space? – Subrata Ghoshroy
  16. International Control of Delivery Systems: Towards a Ballistic Missile Ban
    Jürgen Scheffran

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