Ten Ideas for Smarter NATO Missile Defense

Patrick O'Reilly
Content Type
Policy Brief
Atlantic Council
NATO leaders have cited missile defense as an example of applying the principles of the Smart Defense initiative endorsed at the 2012 NATO Summit to enhance collective defense at minimum cost. As ballistic missiles continue to proliferate and become more accessible to both state and nonstate actors, it is important to foster global partnerships to pursue NATO's missile defense mission and protect North American and European interests. NATO should consider opportunities to further apply the principles of Smart Defense now to reduce future costs of deterring and countering missile proliferation.
Foreign Policy, Defense Policy, NATO, Arms Control and Proliferation
Political Geography
Europe, Middle East, Asia, North America