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Author's Note: How Does the Military Intercept Missiles?

Back in the 1980s, like many people I was extremely skeptical of SDI—though I may have been biased, since I grew up watching movies such as "Fail Safe" and "Dr. Strangelove," which conditioned me to thinking of nuclear war as inevitably resulting in total horror. In the post-Cold War world, where a sudden, small-scale nuclear attack by an unstable regional power seems far more likely than an all-out Soviet attack, I've had to readjust my thinking. I still believe, however, that missile defenses serve best as a last resort, and that we should aggressively pursue other methods—from diplomacy to covert action--of preventing scenarios in which an attack might be launched.

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