The Resource MX Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program

MX Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program

Label
MX Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program
Title
MX Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The MX Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) is designed to be the most lethal strategic ballistic missile in the world. It is being developed by the U.S. Air Force to augment the capabilities of the presently deployed ICBM force, which together with Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs) and manned strategic bomber aircraft form the triad of U.S. strategic nuclear offensive forces. On June 7, 1979, President Carter announced his decision to proceed with full-scale development of a 192,000-lb. MX, the largest design proposed. MX also is intended to be much more survivable than the fixed-silo-based Minuteman and Titan ICBMs currently deployed. Since survivability depends on how the missile is based, the United States has searched for more than a decade for a survivable yet politically acceptable basing mode for MX. On Sept. 7, 1979, President Carter announced plans to deploy MX in a "shell game" system of multiple protective structures (MPS). On Oct. 2, 1981, President Reagan recommended rejecting MPS basing. Instead, he recommended basing MX initially in superhard silos as an interim measure beginning in 1986. The United States would also study three basing modes that offer the prospect of long-term survivability for MX: antiballistic missile defense, continuous airborne patrol, and deep underground basing. By 1984, the United States would select one or more of these modes for deployment. The debate over the MX program focuses on need, cost, lethality, basing mode, arms control implications, and alternatives. This issue brief concentrates on the MX missile and its strategic implications. The report covers the history of the MX ICBM; purpose and description of the MX ICBM; characteristics of U.S. and Soviet MIRVed ICBMs; basing modes; MX, SALT, and antiballistic missiles; costs; schedule; issues (need and cost); warhead lethality; arms control implications; legislation; congressional hearings; and chronology of events
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DTICE
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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  • Nuclear weapons
  • Requirements
  • United states government
  • Intercontinental ballistic missiles
  • Legislation
  • Design criteria
  • Administration and management
  • Government and political science
  • Surface-launched guided missiles
  • Reentry vehicles
  • Mobility
  • Guided missile warheads
  • Survivability
  • Costs
  • Weight
  • Guided missile silos
  • Radiation hardening
  • Circular error probable
  • Inertial guidance
  • Solid propellant rocket engines
  • Range(distance)
  • Guided missile defense systems
  • Lethality
  • Shock resistance
  • Length
  • Accuracy
  • Kill probabilities
  • Antimissile defense systems
  • Payload
  • Ussr
  • Yield(nuclear explosions)
Target audience
adult
Label
MX Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program
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Publication
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Congressional rept
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 x 29 cm
Extent
21 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)318683768
  • (OCoLC)ocn318683768
Label
MX Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program
Publication
Note
Congressional rept
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 x 29 cm
Extent
21 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)318683768
  • (OCoLC)ocn318683768

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