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Cruise Missile Proliferation and the Threat to International Security
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591143321
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Era: 21st century
  • Number of Pages: 288
  • Subject: History
  • Date Available: September 2010
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After first assessing the state of ballistic missile proliferation in the Middle East, South Asia, and Northeast Asia, Dennis Gormley identifies the factors shaping the spread of cruise missiles in these regions. He includes the specialized knowledge needed for missile development, narrative messages about reasons for acquiring cruise missiles, and international norms of state behavior about missile nonproliferation policy and defense doctrine. He argues that cruise missiles are not destined to supplant ballistic missiles, but rather join them, because when employed together they severely test even the best missile defenses. He then addresses the policy adjustments needed to staunch the spread of cruise missiles, or, barring that, cope militarily with the dual threat of cruise and ballistic missiles.

Dennis M. Gormley is a senior research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh's Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies and has frequently testified before Congress on national security issues. The author of three other books, he lives in Alexandria, VA.

Praise for Missile Contagion

"The strength of Gormley’s approach is that Missile Contagion is structured to address issues of interest to multiple audiences—international security analysts, academics, and policymakers. . . . Failing to heed his unambiguous warnings will increase the likelihood that the missile contagion will spread unchecked, and the United States, along with its allies and friends, will confront a world unnecessarily more dangerous."

—John C. Baker, The Nonproliferation Review

 “Gormley’s expertise on these missiles, honed over years of research and publishing, is immense, and his knowledge of the subject verges on the encyclopedic. . . . For all those who want to understand this threat and what can and must be done about it, Gormley’s book is an indispensable guide." 

Dr. Stephen J. Blank, Parameters 

 "[Gormley's] exhaustive treatment of missile proliferation makes Missile Contagion an important analysis of nonproliferation regimes, the subtle interrelation of cruise and ballistic missiles, and the strategic import of defenses against them. . . . [He] argues compellingly . . . that traditional nonproliferation regimes must be enhanced." 

Tom Karako, The Journal of International Security Affairs

 “A leading expert on cruise missile proliferation, Dennis Gormley has written Missile Contagion, a highly readable volume that presents clearly and concisely his concern that cruise missiles are on the edge of becoming a primary threat to international stability." 

Dr. John H. Barnhill, Air Force Research Institute Book Reviews

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