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Countermeasures Video: A Technical Evaluation of the Operational Effectiveness of the Planned US National Missile Defense System

The UCS/MIT Countermeasures report examines in detail whether the planned national missile defense (NMD) system would work against real world missile attacks. It focuses on the effectiveness of the system against the most commonly cited (and presumably the least sophisticated) threat: attacks by emerging missile states.

While the number of attacking missiles would have a significant impact on the operational effectiveness of the NMD system, of greater importance would be the "countermeasures" an attacker took to confuse, overwhelm, or otherwise defeat the defense.

This short video provides an animated explanation of how enemy countermeasures could defeat the proposed NMD system.

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