Hit To Kill: The New Battle over Shielding America from Missile Attack
Bradley Graham. New York: Public Affairs, 2001. 430 pp. Photos. Glossary. Notes. Index. $27.50 ($24.75).
Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel Frank Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
One of the many casualties of the attack against the U.S. homeland last fall could be a national missile defense (NMD) system. Prior to 11 September, the Bush administration was sticking to its theological guns, adamantly insisting the United States would not be blackmailed by a rogue state or subjected to a nuclear winter by an accidental missile launch. A general consensus about an NMD system gradually emerged. The debate over adverse political fallout, technological feasibility, and daunting costs for fulfilling President Ronald Reagan's dream of an impervious umbrella over the United States was petering out. Even the Chinese and the Russians seemed to accept the inevitability that the United States would go forward in its pursuit of a missile shield.