An Invulnerable Deterrent
A base system like the one formerly programmed will be extremely vulnerable in 1956. A sizeable part of the force based in ZI (Zone of the Interior), before the deployment overseas, is susceptible to an air attack which is well within enemy capabilities. The forces based overseas are even more vulnerable. We can expect the majority of the force to suffer serious damage on the ground. The destruction potential of the formerly programmed system is, as a result, smaller than that of any of the other (alternative basing) systems examined.1
KeywordsNuclear Explosion Intelligence Community Reentry Vehicle Defence Budget Soviet Leader
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