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DOD Acquisition: Case Study of the Air Force Small Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
The U.S. strategic nuclear forces consist of submarine-launched ballistic missiles, manned bombers (some armed with cruise missiles), and land-based Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMS). Since the 196Os, this triad of nuclear forces has contributed to the primary objective of the Nations strategic forces-deterrence of nuclear war. For several years, national leaders have been concerned that the deterrent value of the triad has been eroded by Soviet improvements to their strategic forces. To correct this condition, several modernization programs are underway to improve the capabilities of US strategic forces The Small Intercontinental Ballistic Missile is one component of the ICBM modernization program.
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