News & Comment

Air Force Takes Aim at a Big Bird

Science  16 Apr 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4543, pp. 270-273
DOI: 10.1126/science.216.4543.270

Abstract

Early this year, the U.S. land-based force of nuclear missiles became vulnerable to destruction in a preemptive attack by the Soviet Union. The Air Force has worried about this situation for a long time, searching high and low for a better place to put both the existing silo-based missiles and a new missile, the MX.

The first article in this series examined the reasons that U.S. officials became alarmed about missile vulberability, and the second examined the short-term plan to put missiles into silos. This article explores the Ait Force's least favourite long-term basing mode. Subsequent articles will explore the alternatives.

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