By Todd Fine
Center for Defense Information
March 5, 2007
Emerging from meetings in New Delhi on Feb. 27, 2008 that entertained a bonanza sale of American military equipment to India, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates offered an additional juicy tidbit: the prospect of significant missile defense cooperation between the United States and India. He stated that the United States and India are now in the “early stages of discussion and joint analysis” on the endeavor.
For all of the legitimate concerns about missile defense’s political provocativeness, for example in U.S.-Russia relations over proposed missile defense sites in Europe, current platforms have so far had a limited impact on the strategic stability of nuclear forces globally.