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The LRCM: (the Long-Range Strategic Cruise Missile) Asymmetries, Deterrence and SAL (Strategic Arms Limitation)
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This paper examines the many factors surrounding the potential deployment of the long-range strategic cruise missile focusing on the technical and strategic asymmetries including guidance systems, air defense forces, nuclear weapons targeting vulnerabilities and strategic weapons essential equivalence strategic implications including the missiles impact on the strategic balance and its potential stabilizing influence on a deterrence model and implications on Strategic Arms Negotiations. It examines how the long-range cruise missile will add a measure of stability to the strategic deterrent balance and contribute to the restrained counterforce doctrine. The sea-launch cruise missile platform would provide a non-time sensitive reserve weapon capable of inflicting unacceptable damage on the adversary, hence increasing the stability of deterrence.
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