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Technology Creep and the Arms Race: ICBM Problem a Sleeper

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Science  22 Sep 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4361, pp. 1102-1105
DOI: 10.1126/science.201.4361.1102


In three articles, Science will discuss how the creep of technology affects the arms race. The first two articles will deal with the most important current example: first, how ICBM modernization is giving both sides a destabilizing, first-strike capability, and second, how arms control seems to be dealing inadequately with this pressing problem. The third article will describe other cases of incremental technical improvements affecting arms control, such as antisatellite research and ballistic missile defense research, which are bringing both sides closer to the antiballistic missile capability they forswore in a 1972 treaty.