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Title: Standoff Over the LRSO: Assessing the long-range stand-off missile's impact on strategic stability

Abstract

While there is consensus both in the executive branch and Congress on the need to recapitalize the U.S. nuclear weapons enterprise, the delivery system and W80-4 warhead proposed to comprise the LRSO have generated considerable debate. Much of the public debate has focused on its potential to affect the strategic nuclear balance and stability. This paper seeks to elucidate both Russian and Chinese perspectives on strategic stability and apply them to a systematic analysis of how the LRSO might either enhance or diminish strategic stability for the purpose of better informing the decision-making process rather than advocate a particular position on this issue.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, DC (United States). Nuclear Scholars Initiative (NSI)
OSTI Identifier:
1457606
Report Number(s):
SAND2018-6544R
664545
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000; NA0003525
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
98 NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAFEGUARDS, AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION; 45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE

Citation Formats

Heimer, Brandon Walter. Standoff Over the LRSO: Assessing the long-range stand-off missile's impact on strategic stability. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1457606.
Heimer, Brandon Walter. Standoff Over the LRSO: Assessing the long-range stand-off missile's impact on strategic stability. United States. doi:10.2172/1457606.
Heimer, Brandon Walter. Fri . "Standoff Over the LRSO: Assessing the long-range stand-off missile's impact on strategic stability". United States. doi:10.2172/1457606. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1457606.
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year = {Fri Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2018},
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