Ballistic Missile Proliferation: Supply, Demand, And The Evolving Threat Of Long-Range Missiles

Date of Graduation

Summer 2002


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

William Van Cleave


The proliferation of long-range ballistic missiles is a serious problem, a problem that has gained momentum over the last several years. The threat posed by long-range missiles armed with weapons of mass destruction is threatening on a global scale. The threat is not slowly evolving. Both the range and sophistication of third--or "rogue"--country missiles are increasing faster than the official estimates of a few years ago. This thesis examines long-range ballistic missile proliferation by investigating the "countries of concern" that are proliferating and acquiring long-range missile systems. Some states seem to see gain from selling and having these weapons. This thesis examines the supply and demand countries motivations for proliferation. The United States, its allies, interests, and forces stationed abroad are in jeopardy because of the spread of ballistic missiles, especially when they are to be armed with weapons of mass destruction. Nonproliferation efforts have thus far been unable to eradicate or even alleviate the problem.

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


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