The Future of Land-based Strategic Weapons: Part II

  • Louis C. Finch
Part of the International Institute for Strategic Studies Conference Papers book series (IISSCP)


All aspects of strategic forces have been scrutinized in public debate. None, however, has presented so vexing a problem over the last decade as finding a solution to the perceived problem of the vulnerability of silo-based icbm. Valiant attempts have been made, first through finding technical solutions to icbm basing — for example, multiple aim point basing, multiple protective shelters, and closely spaced ‘dense pack’ basing — and later through the recommendations of the Scowcroft Commission to proceed with a combination of interim silo-basing of MX, development of mobile icbm basing options and arms-control measures. But problems still remain. (In the case of earlier icbm basing schemes, all were rejected for a variety of technical, political and economic reasons. In the case of the Scowcroft recommendations, recent actions in the US Congress suggest that the political consensus on which they were based is eroding, and the arms-control proposals on which they rely heavily have thus far been rejected by the USSR.)


Nuclear Force Ballistic Missile Soviet Union Congressional Research Cruise Missile 
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