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Accession Number PB2014-101333
Title U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues. October 22, 2013.
Publication Date Oct 2013
Media Count 40p
Personal Author A. F. Woolf
Abstract This report reviews the ongoing programs that will affect the expected size and shape of the U.S. strategic nuclear force structure. It begins with an overview of this force structure during the Cold War, and summarizes the reductions and changes that have occurred since 1991. It then offers details about each category of delivery vehicleland-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and heavy bombers focusing on their current deployments and ongoing and planned modernization programs. The report concludes with a discussion of issues related to decisions about the future size and shape of the U.S. strategic nuclear force.
Keywords Bombers
Cold war
Force reduction
Modernization programs
Nuclear forces
Nuclear weapons
Strategic structure
Submarine launched ballistic missiles(SLMBs)
Vehicleland-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs

Source Agency Congressional Research Service
NTIS Subject Category 74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
75 - Missile Technology
74H - Nuclear Warfare
Corporate Author Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note CRS rpt for Congress.
NTIS Issue Number 1405
Contract Number N/A

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