Accession Number:

AD1006616

Title:

U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

Congressional Research Service Washington United States

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Report Date:

2016-03-10

Pagination or Media Count:

49.0

Abstract:

During the Cold War, the U.S. nuclear arsenal contained many types of delivery vehicles for nuclear weapons, including short-range missiles and artillery for use on the battlefield, medium-range missiles and aircraft that could strike targets beyond the theater of battle, short- and medium-range systems based on surface ships, long-range missiles based on U.S. territory and submarines, and heavy bombers that could threaten Soviet targets from their bases in the United States. The short- and medium-range systems are considered non-strategic nuclear weapons and have been referred to as battlefield, tactical, and theater nuclear weapons.1 The long-range missiles and heavy bombers are known as strategic nuclear delivery vehicles.

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE