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Interim Report of the Defense Science Board (DSB) Task Force on the Survivability of Systems and Assets to Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and other Nuclear Weapon Effects (NWE)
Summary rept. no 1
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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The DSB Task Force is examining the ability of DoD s forces and critical supporting capabilities e.g., communications, power to survive, operate, and succeed onin battlefieldsbattlespaces where nuclear weapons are threatening or are being employed. The most likely cases are use of nuclear weapons by others. Although fratricide is the least likely case, ignoring it is risky. Moreover, U.S. nuclear forces require an increased premium on reliability and survivability as further reductions occur. Understanding nuclear weapons effects NWE and mitigation options is a central military-technical matter. See Table 1 at the end of the report for a notional matrix of the scope of the problem and the Task Force s assessments to date.
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