Accession Number : ADA203663

Title :   Future Maritime Theater Nuclear Forces. Sanitized.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 10 Oct 78-2 Nov 79,

Corporate Author : SANTA FE CORP ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Ortlieb, Edward J. ; Billones, August J. ; Smith, Roy M. ; Greene, Gary B.

Report Date : 30 JUN 1980

Pagination or Media Count : 208

Abstract : This report documents an assessment of nuclear warhead technology requirement to support the needs of the U.S. Navy in the 1990-2020 era. The principal uncertainty addressed is the type of Navy the U.S. might have at that time-ship types, force levels and structure. A comprehensive set of determinants that could influence the evolvement of the future Navy were developed. The relative merit of various future nuclear weapon options was evaluated using campaign exemplars. Under the U.S. 'one and one-half war' strategy for deterrence/conflict termination, a set of representative naval campaigns for the selected future navies from a presence-crisis-conflict posture was chosen. From the campaign results, the nuclear weapons that appeared to offer the best advantages in light of the uncertainty in the future U.S. Navy were identified. The nuclear warhead technology that might be required to support development of such weapons was assessed. Keywords: Nuclear weapons; Naval nuclear warfighting; Nuclear anti-air; Anti-surface; Anti-submarine warfare and weapons; Naval Deployment; Naval Tactical nuclear weapons.

Descriptors :   *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *NUCLEAR FORCES(MILITARY), ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE, CONFLICT, DEPLOYMENT, DETERRENCE, NAVAL EQUIPMENT, NAVY, NUCLEAR ENGINEERING, NUCLEAR WARHEADS, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, REQUIREMENTS, STRATEGY, TACTICAL WEAPONS.

Subject Categories : Nuclear Warfare
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE