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Ten Ideas for Smarter NATO Missile Defense

Patrick O'Reilly

January 2014

Atlantic Council


In the latest issue brief from the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, "Ten Ideas for Smarter NATO Missile Defense," Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow and former Director of the Missile Defense Agency Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, USA (Ret.) outlines ten feasible and cost-effective ways for NATO to encourage its member states to contribute to a continental missile defense system that adheres to the Alliance’s Smart Defense initiative.

The author advocates a cost-effective expansion of the missile defense program in the face of growing ballistic missile threats emanating from the Middle East and Asia and the rising insecurity of missiles installations located in places of instability. By utilizing all existing sensors, in addition to increasing interoperability and training for the missile defense system, NATO can quickly and affordably reduce the costs and risks associated with protecting NATO territory.