Accession Number:

ADA126701

Title:

SSBN Survivability: A Time for Confidence-Building Measures?

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1982-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

134.0

Abstract:

This thesis will focus on the sea-based legs of the American and Soviet triads, examining a series of confidence-building measures CBMs that may be considered during the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks START that are underway in Geneva. Some proponents have argued that these CBMs, if implemented, would strengthen each sides belief in the invulnerability of nuclear-powered, ballistic missile launching submarines SSBNs, thereby increasing strategic stability. These proposals seek to increase confidence in SSBN survivability by managing both the employment of anti-submarine warfare ASW forces and the development of technology that could be specifically directed against SSBNs. This thesis will consider the possible effects that five different CBMs could have on U.S. perceptions of SSBN survivability. These changes in perception will be measured against the costs that might be exacted in other areas e.g., tactical anti-submarine warfare by agreeing to the CBMs.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Submarine Engineering
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE