Does the Pentagon Now Doubt the Missile Defence System It Wanted Canada to Endorse?

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 05-7 Author Ernie Regehr Canada’s decision to forgo direct involvement in the US ballistic missile defence system (BMD) could yet be vindicated by the Pentagon itself. This country’s flirtation with BMD brought us close to direct participation in the ground-based, midcourse defence (GMD) interceptor system intended to defend North America against intercontinental ballistic missile attack, but now there are …

Reviewing BMD Options and Implications for Canada

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 05-1 Author Ernie Regehr This briefing clarifies the BMD options that Canada faces, explores the implications of Canada’s taking political ownership of this US-controlled system, and suggests a way out of the BMD conundrum. Canada has been clear on its opposition to the weaponization of space; it needs to adopt the same clear stance, along with an action strategy …

Canada and Strategic Ballistic Missile Defence: Arms Control and Other Imperatives

Tasneem Jamal

Author Ernie Regehr A brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Summary This presentation briefly elaborates on three themes: 1. Canada should attend to three key arms control imperatives in the face of the imminent US deployment of strategic ballistic missile defence (BMD): Agreed international limits on ballistic missile interceptors consistent with stated …

Facing the Arms Control Challenges of BMD

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 04-8 Author Ernie Regehr In Canada the opposition to ballistic missile defence (BMD) has rightly focused on urging the government to reject participation and certainly not go beyond the already agreed integration of NORAD’s missile launch detection and tracking system into the US BMD system. Yet it is also necessary to face the fact that a strategic BMD system, …

Canadian Church Leaders Urge Prime Minister to Reject BMD

Tasneem Jamal

Letter to the Prime Minister of Canada on behalf of member churches of The Canadian Council of Churches 14 October 2004 Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Dear Mr. Prime Minister: I write on behalf of the member churches of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) to urge your Government to reject Canadian participation in ballistic missile defence and to redouble concrete …

Industrial Benefits and BMD

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 04-7 Author Ernie Regehr Estimates that a Canadian political endorsement of ballistic missile defence (BMD) could yield billions of dollars worth of work for Canadian high-tech firms in the coming years and decades are just that, very rough estimates – rough estimates tending toward wishful thinking. It is common for BMD industrial benefit estimates to be based on Canadian …

The Myths of Missile Defence

Tasneem Jamal

Author Ernie Regehr Published by The Globe and Mail online This piece was submitted in response to The Globe and Mail editorial, “Missile-defence myths” of August 27, 2004 In “Missile-defence myths” (Aug. 27/04) the Globe and Mail dismisses warnings of the negative strategic and space implications of ballistic missile defence (BMD) as “nonsense,” argues that arms races and the spread …

BMD’s Stealth Launch

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 04-6 Authors Ernie Regehr and Gerry Barr Barely weeks ago, Prime Minister Paul Martin used the national leaders’ debate to pledge welcome and unalterable opposition to weapons in space, but – if Ottawa rumours are to be believed – Canadian officials may have been fast tracking a “stealth launch” of Canada’s participation in the US Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) …

Ballistic Missile Defence and Canada’s Vital Security Interests

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 04-5 Author Ernie Regehr To join or not to join U.S. President George W. Bush’s Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) initiative will be one of the first major foreign policy decisions facing the Government Canadians will elect on June 28. And the absence of the issue from the election campaign ignores the importance of what is at stake. The BMD …

BMD, NORAD and Canada-US Security Relations

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 04-4 Author Ernie Regehr Ever since the Government announced that it was pursuing ballistic missile defence (BMD) discussions with the United States , the Department of National Defence has made it clear that it wants the US to place responsibility for command and control of the BMD interceptors with NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command. That would make …