Accession Number : AD1033589

Title :   Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and their Role in Future Nuclear Forces

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV LAUREL MD LAUREL United States

Personal Author(s) : Evans,Dennis ; Schwalbe,Jonathan

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Report Date : 01 May 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : This report presents analyses relevant to a decision on whether to retain an ICBM force beyond about 2035 and if ICBMs are to be retained what characteristics would be desirable in a future ICBM force. This report also identifies relevant policy issues that need to be resolved before making large acquisition decisions or deciding on new treaties for nuclear weapons. We begin with top-level conclusions, followed by key assumptions, survivability of US forces against a preemptive attack, target coverage, comparison of force structure options on survivability and price to attack, and final observations, in that order. Other relevant metrics (discussed to some extent in the main body of the report) include sensitivity to alert posture, sensitivity to enemy intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, inflight survivability, and cost.

Descriptors :   intercontinental ballistic missiles , arms control treaties , ballistic missiles , nuclear warheads , nuclear weapons , guided bombs , arms control , cruise missiles , BOMBER AIRCRAFT , DECISION MAKING , GUIDED MISSILES , NUCLEAR FORCES (MILITARY)

Subject Categories : Surface-launched Guided Missiles
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE