PRIMACY OF OFFENCE OVER DEFENCE: INDIA’S BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE (BMD) & PAKISTAN’S STRATEGIC OPTIONS

Authors

  • Asim Ahmed
  • Mahroona Hussain Syed

Keywords:

Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), Inter-continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), Strategic Stability., Antiballistic Missile (ABM), Strategic Stability, Defence, Offence

Abstract

Abstract
Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) as a strategy carries conflicting standpoints for the bearer and the non-bearer of BMD. For a bearer of BMD, it is an effort to protect the humankind from a nuclear holocaust and a move that may eventually lead towards disarmament, whereas, for non-bearer, the deployment of BMD by a rival state is likely to intensify the arms race and increase risk of nuclear strike due to the vulnerability of a non-bearer. The non bearer of BMD in such circumstances would opt for offensive strategies that may permit it to penetrate the BMD shield so that the rival becomes vulnerable and strategic stability prevails. Against this backdrop, the article discusses fragility of BMD within the ambit of primacy of offense over defence, while linking the historical experiences of the Cold War with the present day perspectives.

Author Biographies

Asim Ahmed

A PhD Scholar at the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies (DSS) Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

Mahroona Hussain Syed

A lecturer at the Department of Government and Public Policy, National Defence University.

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Published

15-02-2017

How to Cite

Ahmed, Asim, and Mahroona Hussain Syed. 2017. “PRIMACY OF OFFENCE OVER DEFENCE: INDIA’S BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE (BMD) &Amp; PAKISTAN’S STRATEGIC OPTIONS”. Journal of Contemporary Studies 6 (2):65-78. https://jcs.ndu.edu.pk/site/article/view/77.