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Author Mitchell, Gordon R., 1967- author

Title Strategic deception : rhetoric, science, and politics in missile defense advocacy / Gordon R. Mitchell
Published East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, [2000]
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 390 pages) : illustrations
Series Rhetoric and public affairs series
Rhetoric and public affairs series.
Contents 1. Missile defense advocacy in rhetorical and historical perspective. History of U.S. ballistic missile defense ; Critical approach. -- 2. Star wars and the quest for an elusive "leakproof" missile shield. The x-ray laser and Reagan's MAD escape ; Desert tests and Teller's zest ; Brilliant bluff or dangerous delusion? -- 3. Placebo defense: the rhetoric of Patriot missile accuracy in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Patriot's rhetorical role as "scudbusting" hero ; Postwar controversy over Patriot accuracy ; A tough placebo to swallow. -- 4. Whose shoe fits best? Dubious physics and power politics in the TMD footprint controversy. Post-Cold War missile defense and the ABM treat ; Finding the right fit: the debate over THAAD's footprint size ; Sizing up the footprint controversy ; THAAD's "rush to failure": on the road to nowhere? -- 5. Living with the legacy of strategic deception in missile defense advocacy. Common threads and new twists in the legacy of strategic deception ; National missile defense "as soon as technologically possible" ; Future paths
Summary Annotation "The Cold War's legacy has been characterized by a systematic pattern of threat inflation, a relentless stream of surplus weapons development, and a predilection for a brand of secret science that lines the pockets of defense contractors and swells the war chests of hawkish politicians - things that fray the fabric of democracy. There is perhaps no military project more representative of this legacy than ballistic missile defense (BMD). Since Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars address" in 1983, taxpayers have spent more than $100 billion on BMD projects. Close examination reveals that many of these programs were of dubious value. Politically seductive but scientifically elusive, the notion of missile defense has given rise to waves of runaway rhetoric featuring technical claims that have outstripped supporting scientific data." "Many expected that such instances of strategic deception would crumble with the Berlin Wall, but interlocking military and industrial interests have invented sophisticated new forms of deception to keep BMD projects alive. In this work, Gordon Mitchell examines the technical and political dimensions of the recurrent BMD controversies from a rhetorical perspective. His analysis yields original insights into the origins and dynamics of Reagan's Star Wars proposal, the postmodern complexities of strategic deception on Patriot missile accuracy in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, as well as fresh perspectives on Theater High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) and National Missile Defense (NMD). Mitchell believes that, as the episodes of strategic deception in missile defense advocacy recur perennially, the democratic pedigree of American society erodes."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-364) and index
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Subject Ballistic missile defenses -- United States.
English language -- United States -- Rhetoric.
Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Appropriations and expenditures.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1989-
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