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CRS: Homeland Security: Protecting Airliners from Terrorist Missiles

Authors: Christopher Bolkcom and Bartholomew Elias

This report from the Congressional Research Service, the public policy research arm of Congress , focuses on the threat that terrorists with shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), referred to as Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS), pose to commercial airliners. It discusses a range of options installing infrared (IR) countermeasures on aircraft; modifying flight operations and air traffic control procedures; improving airport and regional security; and strengthening missile non-proliferation efforts.

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The Price of Dominance

Author: Jan M. Lodal

President George W. Bush made clear early in his first term his intention to deploy a national missile defense as soon as possible to counter the growing threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Jan Lodal argues that much more sweeping changes must be made in U.S. policy to deal effectively with WMD.

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