The Department of Defense Statement on Strategic Nuclear Posture,
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING WASHINGTON DC
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For all of our strategic forces, and particularly for the Command, Control and Communications C3 networks which control and support them, we are increasingly concerned with endurance after the beginning of a nuclear war. Recent studies have pointed out that Soviet strategic doctrine does not envision a nuclear war as ending in a matter of hours, but rather, as continuing until one side or the other has gained military ascendancy. Whatever doubts one may have about the realism of such expectations, the response to an attack of this type--and its deterrence--requires long term survivability and operability of both C3 systems and nuclear strike systems.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
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