A sense of urgency informs Theater Ballistic Missile Defense from the Sea: Issues for the Maritime Component Commander. Theater ballistic missiles armed with chemical, biological, or nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) will be acquired and deployed by hostile forces in the developing world, posing an imminent threat to the us. and coalition forces that must operate in that world. The gravity of this evolving threat is recognized in our national military strategy.
Swicker, Charles C., "Theater Ballistic Missile Defense From the Sea" (1998). The Newport Papers. 14.