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Title: Enduring Capabilities for the Long War.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the Lincoln Laboratory Bio/Chem Systems Workshop held November 29-30, 2006 in Boston, MA.
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United States

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John, Miriam E. Enduring Capabilities for the Long War.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
John, Miriam E. Enduring Capabilities for the Long War.. United States.
John, Miriam E. Mon . "Enduring Capabilities for the Long War.". United States. doi:.
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year = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
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