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Missile Identification and Assessment

Ballistic missiles are viewed by many states as a means to project power and are an important element in many national deterrence doctrines. Understandably, specialists and policymakers working in the field of arms control and technologies are increasingly focused on identifying and assessing these capabilities and their possible implications. This technical analysis provides analysts and policymakers with a beneficial understanding of the technology that underpins and influences ballistic-missile design and with tools to draw initial conclusions about a ballistic missile’s capabilities. This should benefit the quality of debate, provide a better understanding of missile technology and give those interested a simple method of conducting an initial missile analysis.