Accession Number : ADA294836

Title :   Strategic Futures. Evolving Missions for Traditional Strategic Delivery Vehicles.

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Mesic, Richard ; Molander, Roger ; Wilson, Peter A.

PDF Url : ADA294836

Report Date : 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 121

Abstract : This report addresses the post-Cold War role of traditional U.S. strategic nuclear forces (nuclear-armed long-range bombers, inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) from three perspectives: (1) 'Top-down'/goal-driven: In the new and evolving strategic environment, what strategic missions may be needed to fulfill emerging national security objectives? ( 2) 'Bottom-up'/technology- and system-driven: What technological opportunities are afforded by existing and potential capabilities? (3) Policy issues: How will various policy choices affect research and development (R&D), acquisition, and counterproliferation strategy alternatives? The study's objective was to gain a long view of possible directions for future strategic forces and lay out the basis for supportable R&D and acquisition initiatives to be pursued by defense agencies and the Services.

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR FORCES(MILITARY), *COMBAT SUPPORT, *STRATEGIC WARFARE, *MILITARY PROCUREMENT, *DEFENSE PLANNING, GUIDED MISSILES, NATIONAL SECURITY, ACQUISITION, LONG RANGE(DISTANCE), MISSIONS, MILITARY RESEARCH, SURFACE TO SURFACE MISSILES, COMBAT FORCES, SUBMARINE LAUNCHED.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Defense Systems
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE