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Capitol Hill Briefing: Missile Defense Shield 

LAST CHANCE TO RSVP:

FAS Addresses Russian Concerns of Proposed U.S.-NATO Missile Defense Shield

Lunch and Program

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

1:30 – 3:00 pm

The Capitol Visitor Center, SVC 209

Seating is limited.  Please reply by emailing rsvp@fas.org or contact Katie Colten at 202-454-4694 by Tuesday, June 7.

The Obama administration is working with NATO to develop a missile defense shield to protect U.S. and European interests from ballistic missile attacks by Iran. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has expressed strong concerns over this shield and has warned of a return to Cold War tensions, as well as possible withdrawal from international disarmament agreements like the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).

On June 9, the NATO-Russia Council plans to meet with defense ministers to establish cooperation guidelines for the new European antiballistic missile system. Experts at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) will address the concerns made by officials of the Russia Federation and provide recommendations for moving forward with a missile defense system..

Dr. Yousaf Butt, Scientific Consultant to FAS, and Dr. Theodore Postol, Professor of Science, Technology and National Security Policy in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will soon publish a technical assessment of the Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA) missile defense system proposed by NATO and the United States and are analyzing whether the Russian Federation has a legitimate concern over the proposed NATO-U.S. missile defense shield.

In practice the PAA will provide little, if any, protection leaving nuclear deterrence fundamentally intact. While the PAA would not significantly affect deterrence, it may be seen by cautious Russian planners to impose some attrition on Russian warheads. While midcourse missile defense would not alter the fundamental deterrence equation with respect to Iran or Russia, it may, in the Russian view, constitute an infringement upon the parity set down in New START.

Learn more here. 

When: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

1:30 p.m. – Registration and Lunch

2:00 p.m. – Should Russia Worry About the NATO Missile Defense Shield?

2:30 p.m. -- Questions and Discussion


Where:
 The Capitol Visitor Center

First Street, NE (at East Capitol St., NE)

Senate Meeting Room SVC 209/208

Directions: The Capitol Visitor Center entrance is underground on First St., NE at East Capitol St., NE; once you go through security, go through the glass doors and to the right to head down the escalator to the Senate Meeting Rooms.  Please check in at the Senate Appointments Desk near the escalator.


Who:
 

Introduction by Charles D. Ferguson, President of the Federation of American Scientists

Briefing -
Dr. Yousaf Butt Ph.D., Scientific Consultant to the Federation of American Scientists 
Dr. Theodore Postol, Professor of Science, Technology and National Security Policy in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology


RSVP
: Seating is limited.  Please reply by emailing rsvp@fas.org or contact Katie Colten at 202-454-4694 by Tuesday, June 7.