Accession Number : ADA041540

Title :   Industrial Survival and Recovery after Nuclear Attack. A Report to the Joint Committee on Defense Production U. S. Congress.

Corporate Author : BOEING AEROSPACE CO SEATTLE WASH

PDF Url : ADA041540

Report Date : 18 Nov 1976

Pagination or Media Count : 119

Abstract : The conclusions derived from The Boeing Company's analysis of the Soviet plans for civil defense and its industrial civil defense planning study are of significant concern to every American. First, the USSR has a civil defense program that can effectively protect their industry and facilitate its rapid recovery should a nuclear war occur. Second, the Soviets can protect their work force by means of evacuation and construction of expedient shelters during the initial stages of a crisis. Although the level of work force survival is influenced by a number of variable factors, the most important of these variables can be controlled by the Soviets rather than by the United States. Third, the Soviets can protect their industrial machinery. This is a critical factor in postattack recovery. Tests show that even large machines, if properly protected, could survive if they were a few hundred feet from a 40-kiloton nuclear blast or 2,000 feet from a 1-megaton blast. More important, if the observed examples of industrial dispersal and separation become the pattern for a significant portion of the Soviet Union's future capital expansion, their industry would require little or no preattack hardening to survive and recover rapidly from a nuclear war.

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR WARFARE, *CIVIL DEFENSE, *NATIONAL DEFENSE, USSR, RECOVERY, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, SURVIVAL(GENERAL), PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, INDUSTRIAL PLANTS, CIVILIAN POPULATION, DEFENSE PLANNING, URBAN AREAS, DETERRENCE, PROTECTIVE COVERINGS, NUCLEAR RADIATION PROTECTION, POSTATTACK OPERATIONS

Subject Categories : Civil Defense
      Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE