In defense of homeland, pork, or ideology? : a statistical analysis of congressional support for ballistic missile defense systems

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Title: In defense of homeland, pork, or ideology? : a statistical analysis of congressional support for ballistic missile defense systems
Author: Byers, Chelsea R.
Abstract: Congress and the executive support the continued development of ballistic missile defense systems. Since the Bush administration came into office in 2001, the United States has pulled out ofthe Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty and revamped research and development funding for this defense initiative, asking as much as 9 billion dollars per year. This thesis analyzes the strategic problems associated with the implementation ofthese systems and moving the United States from a deterrence-based nuclear posture to a defense-based one. It concludes with a statistical analysis of factors in each US Senator's background that might have influenced the probability of their voting against constraining the program in June 2004 using probit regression methodology.
Description: 67 p. A THESIS Presented to the Department of Political Science and the Honors College of the University of Oregon, in partial fulfillment of requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts. A print copy of this thesis is available through the UO Libraries under the call number: SCA Archiv Byers 2006
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/7307
Date: 2006-06


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