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Title: Theoretical vulnerability and operational flexibility in the basing of MX

Abstract

The decision to base MX in silos was shaped by evolving US targeting doctrine, the limitations on mobile ICBM operations imposed by US command, control, and communications systems, the wartime mission assigned to MX, and the synergistic nature of the US strategic triad which by design reduces the inherent vulnerabilities of a single leg of the triad through redundancy and diversity. ICBM operational constraints became part of the belief systems of the government decision makers charged with recommending a basing mode for MX, and in turn caused administration decision makers to implicitly or explicitly downplay theoretical vulnerability as the primary basing criteria. Succinctly stated, as the awareness of individual decision makers as to the technological limitations of basing options increased, the more their basing choices reflected the need for operational flexibility. The crux of the MX basing decision is that the interplay of two key variables transcended party, governmental, military service, and liberal-conservative boundaries, and disclosed a broad-ranging consensus as to the MX ICBM's performance characteristics, what targets it should be capable of attacking, and how they should be attacked. This consensus in turn served to constrain the development of potential MX basing options.

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Research Org.:
South Carolina Univ., Columbia (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
6963576
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OSTI ID: 6963576
Resource Type:
Thesis/Dissertation
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Thesis (Ph. D.)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
98 NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAFEGUARDS, AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION; MISSILE LAUNCHING SITES; VULNERABILITY; MISSILE SILOS; NATIONAL DEFENSE; MILITARY STRATEGY; COMMUNICATIONS; CONTROL SYSTEMS; FLEXIBILITY; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; MECHANICAL PROPERTIES; TENSILE PROPERTIES; WEAPONS 350100* -- Arms Control-- Policy, Negotiations, & Legislation-- (1987-)

Citation Formats

Schleider, B.H. III. Theoretical vulnerability and operational flexibility in the basing of MX. United States: N. p., 1986. Web.
Schleider, B.H. III. Theoretical vulnerability and operational flexibility in the basing of MX. United States.
Schleider, B.H. III. Wed . "Theoretical vulnerability and operational flexibility in the basing of MX". United States.
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abstractNote = {The decision to base MX in silos was shaped by evolving US targeting doctrine, the limitations on mobile ICBM operations imposed by US command, control, and communications systems, the wartime mission assigned to MX, and the synergistic nature of the US strategic triad which by design reduces the inherent vulnerabilities of a single leg of the triad through redundancy and diversity. ICBM operational constraints became part of the belief systems of the government decision makers charged with recommending a basing mode for MX, and in turn caused administration decision makers to implicitly or explicitly downplay theoretical vulnerability as the primary basing criteria. Succinctly stated, as the awareness of individual decision makers as to the technological limitations of basing options increased, the more their basing choices reflected the need for operational flexibility. The crux of the MX basing decision is that the interplay of two key variables transcended party, governmental, military service, and liberal-conservative boundaries, and disclosed a broad-ranging consensus as to the MX ICBM's performance characteristics, what targets it should be capable of attacking, and how they should be attacked. This consensus in turn served to constrain the development of potential MX basing options.},
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