Accession Number:

AD0514179

Title:

Some Comparisons among the Prim-Read Firing Doctrine and Two Others Designed to Hedge against Leakage Attacks,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1970-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

53.0

Abstract:

The ABM interceptor firing doctrines compared are the well-known Prim-Read and two others, designated MEKR and MEDUA the latter two are specifically designed to hedge against leakage attacks, i.e., attacks that could cause sufficient damage to a target to satisfy an attackers goals without his having to first exhaust the defenders interceptor stockpile. The model in all cases consists of an ABM system defending a single target under attack by ballistic missiles. The attacking missiles arrive sequentially and with such timing that the defense never engages two or more interceptors simultaneously. Previous comparisons among firing doctrines including RM-5735 consider only cases in which a single penetrating weapon is required for target destruction. The emphasis in this report is on targets that cannot be destroyed by a single penetrating weapon. The major conclusion is that generally speaking, i.e., across a wide range of parameters, none of the three firing doctrines provides a significantly greater hedge against a leakage attack than the others. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Antimissile Defense Systems
  • Guided Missile Reentry Vehicles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE