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RUSI Missile Defence Conference

A major highlight in the missile defence calendar, this international conference, took place on 24 and 25 March 2015, contributes to the evolution of policy with a stimulating discussion of BMD issues between senior policymakers and practitioners.

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Following the recent NATO Summit, this is an opportunity to discuss the Alliance’s operational capabilities for territorial and theatre missile defence as well as national and international debates relating to political interest in, and military requirements for, BMD capabilities in various regional contexts outside the Euro-Atlantic area.

The conference is well placed to make a unique contribution to policy discussions and the following themes will be considered:

  • Operational effectiveness and European contributions to a NATO BMD architecture
  • The strategic context, NATO BMD and relations with Russia following the Ukraine crisis
  • United States policy and capabilities
  • Land and Sea-based Options for National Systems
  • Medium powers’ capacity for theatre missile defence during autonomous operations
  • Strategic stability and the relationship between BMD and nuclear deterrence
  • Countering threats, policy developments and cooperation in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions
  • Industry, procurement, systems and technology (surveillance, targeting, testing, interoperability, data sharing and command and control)


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