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  • Missile defense — The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. A RIM 161 Standard Missile 3 anti ballistic missile is launched from USS Shiloh, a US Navy Ticonderoga class cruiser …   Wikipedia

  • antiballistic missile (ABM) — Weapon designed to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles. Effective ABM systems have been sought since the Cold War, when the nuclear arms race raised the spectre of complete destruction by unstoppable ballistic missiles. In the late 1960s… …   Universalium

  • missile — /mis euhl/ or, esp. Brit., / uyl/, n. 1. an object or weapon for throwing, hurling, or shooting, as a stone, bullet, or arrow. 2. See guided missile. 3. See ballistic missile. adj. 4. capable of being thrown, hurled, or shot, as from the hand or… …   Universalium

  • defense — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Resistance against assault Nouns 1. defense, protection, guard, ward; shielding, preservation, guardianship; self defense, self preservation; deterrent; defense or escape mechanism; resistance; safeguard …   English dictionary for students

  • Missile — (as used in expressions) Antiballistic Missile Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Missile Defense Alarm System …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — ▪ United States government Introduction , also called (1958–72 and 1993–96)  Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA)        U.S. government agency created in 1958 to facilitate research in technology with potential military applications. Most of …   Universalium

  • rocket and missile system — ▪ weapons system Introduction       any of a variety of weapons systems that deliver explosive warheads to their targets by means of rocket propulsion.       Rocket is a general term used broadly to describe a variety of jet propelled missiles… …   Universalium

  • Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) — also called Star Wars Proposed U.S. strategic defense system against nuclear attacks. Announced as a 20 year, $20 billion effort by Pres. Ronald Reagan in 1983, SDI was intended to defend the U.S. from a full fledged Soviet attack by intercepting …   Universalium

  • nuclear strategy — ▪ military Introduction  the formation of tenets and strategies for producing and using nuclear weapons.       Nuclear strategy is no different from any other form of strategy in that it involves relating military means to political ends. In this …   Universalium

  • Taiwan — /tuy wahn /, n. Wade Giles, Pinyin. a Chinese island separated from the SE coast of China by Taiwan Strait: a possession of Japan 1895 1945; restored to China 1945; seat of the Republic of China since 1949. Cap.: Taipei. Also called Formosa. * *… …   Universalium

  • Andrei Sakharov — Infobox Scientist name = Andrei Sakharov Андрей Сахаров box width = 300px image width = 160px caption = Andrei Sakharov, 1943 birth date = birth date|1921|5|21 birth place = Moscow, USSR death date = death date and age|1989|12|14|1921|5|21 death… …   Wikipedia


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