Accession Number:

ADA175600

Title:

Strategic Defenses and the Transition to Assured Survival.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1986-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

70.0

Abstract:

This report details the anatomy and calculus of the ballistic missile portion of the transition to a robust nationwide strategic defense posture as proposed by Pres. Regan 23 Mar 83. The authors develop an analytic format based on ballistic missile defense potential. The defense potential format demonstrates that, if highly survivable strategic defenses were deployed as an adjunct to current superpower ballistic missile forces, the United States could make the transition to the Presidents goal of assured survival from ballistic missile attack without having to pass through a period during which either the U.S. or the USSR would have great incentive to launch a first strike against the other. If, however, the defenses are vulnerable to attack andor both superpowers continue to deploy weapons capable of destroying hard targets but fail to adopt corresponding offensive force survivability measures, a stable transition would become less likely.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE