chapter  9
Terrestrial coverage
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Customarily a basic distinction drawn in the Pentagon has been that between Theatre Missile Defence (TMD) and National Missile Defence (NMD), the latter normally referring to the protection of the American homeland against ICBMs or their sea-based counterparts. However, those concerned are no longer happy with this distinction. What counts as TMD in terms of global strategy becomes NMD for nations residing within potential theatres of war: South Korea, Taiwan, Israel and so on. Moreover, what the influentially hawkish see as the ultimate antidote in this regard, the Space-Based Laser (SBL), can contingently be seen as either TMD or NMD.