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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force Subgroup on Strategic Air Defense (SDI Milestone Panel)
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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Conclusions of the Defense Science Boards Strategic Defense Milestone Panel include 1 In view of the technical, budgetary, political, and arms control uncertainties surrounding the ballistic missile defense program, the Panel recommends planning a number of steps in the technical development and deployment of a system to meet the JCS requirements rather than a single major action. 2 From a development point of view, priority should be given to the sensors, processing and communications necessary to provide an adequate assessment of what is actually going on, the nature and extent of the attack, and the detection and tracking of boosters and reentry vehicles. This framework is needed whatever weapons are actually used, and the research, development, and experimentation required to provide it involves most of the critical technologies. This surveillance system should evolve as the supporting technology becomes available, allowing the inclusion of whatever weapons are available and wanted. This restructuring would help assure priority attention to critical technical problems despite budget uncertainties and 3 Deployment should be in steps, each of which should provide some capability and have some value in itself.
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