Accession Number:

ADA207375

Title:

Soviet Concepts of Ballistic Missile Defense

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

116.0

Abstract:

This thesis characterizes the Soviet concept of ballistic missile defense BMD in order to better understand and predict future Soviet BMD decision making. The Soviet concept of BMD is fundamentally different from that in the West. Soviet BMD is clearly an integral component of a much larger Soviet strategic defense effort which consists of strategic air defense as well as passive measures, such as mobility, deep underground command and control facilities and civil defense. As the Soviet military literature demonstrates, Soviet strategic air defense encompasses defense against a continuum of threats -- from aircraft to ballistic missiles to satellites to space-strike weapons. Soviet strategic air defense weapons therefore appear optimized to counter a wide range of airborne threats. In the Soviet view, surface-to-air missiles may be a primary tactical BMD weapon. Additionally, Soviet strategic BMD weapons may be a primary Soviet anti-satellite weapon. Furthermore, manned space platforms play a particularly significant role in Soviet thinking about the future of BMD and space warfare. Keywords Defense planning Antisatellite defense systems, Antisatellite weapons, ATBM Anti-tactical ballistic missiles, Space warfare, ABM treaty, Strategic Defense Initiative, Manned space operations. Theses.

Subject Categories:

  • Antimissile Defense Systems
  • Antisatellite Defense Systems
  • Space Warfare
  • Surface-Launched Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE