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Perspectives On President Bush's Missile Defense Directive

Recorded on July 9, 2003

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The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

In a May 20th statement, the White House announced that earlier this year President Bush signed National Security Policy Directive 23 - a directive designed to move the missile defense program toward deployment and to further the program in a way that serves to enhance deterrence. This significant development follows the President's earlier decision to withdraw the United States from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty that barred the deployment of effective defenses against missile attack. Additionally, this new directive eliminates the artificial distinction between theater and national missile defense, and it seeks participation in missile defense development, deployment, and operational programs by the friends and allies of the United States. Should missile defense supporters be encouraged by the President's action, and, if so, why? Join us as a panel of outside experts presents their perspectives on the importance of this new missile defense directive and the implications for domestic and international security it provides.