Accession Number:

ADA202136

Title:

About the Need for the Mobile, Small ICBM in the 1990s

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

65.0

Abstract:

A reexamination of the merits and need for the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile ICBM is conducted in light of the changes since the 1983 Presidents Commission on Strategic Forces recommended the development. The history of U.S. declaratory nuclear policy and arms control issues are reviewed to set a foundation for force structure criteria and requirements. The role and effectiveness of the Small ICBM in addressing this nuclear policy and arms control issues are discussed. The new factors of a surviving basing mode for PEACEKEEPER, declining defense budgets, Strategic Arms Reduction Talks START progress, and the Strategic Defense Initiative SDI program are evaluated as they affect the original Small ICBM decision. The conclusion is reached that the rail garrison PEACEKEEPER satisfies most of the originally intended roles for the Small ICBM, at significantly less cost. But continuing development, with a slower paced production and deployment schedule is needed as a hedge on arms reductions beyond START, SDI capabilities, and future vulnerability of U.S. SLBMs.

Subject Categories:

  • Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE