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 Decade: 1980-1989
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Bomber Options for Replacing B52s

Bomber Options for Replacing B52s

Date: June 17, 1981
Creator: Mitchell, Douglas D
Description: One of the main issues discussed in this report is the replacement of the B-52 bombers, due to the fact that many believe that by 1990, the B-52's vulnerability to improving Soviet air defenses will imperil its effectiveness as a penetrating bomber.
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Assessing the Options for Preserving ICBM Survivability

Assessing the Options for Preserving ICBM Survivability

Date: September 28, 1981
Creator: Medalia, Jonathan
Description: The decision on how to redress the perceived vulnerability of U.S. intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMS) is the most controversial strategic nuclear weapon decision now facing the 97th Congress. A full-scale debate on this issue, especially as regards MX missile basing, seems certain. To assist Members of Congress in the debate, this paper discusses nine proposals for treating ICBM survivability: Recognize that ICBMs are invulnerable, rely only on bombers and submarines for deterrence, deploy a large or scaled-down shell-game multiple shelter system, defend MX with anti ballistic missiles, launch ICBMs on warning of attack, deploy MX on aircraft or small submarines, and diversify strategic forces, perhaps using small ICBMs.
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Trends in Conventional Arms Transfers to the Third World by Major Supplier, 1980-1987

Trends in Conventional Arms Transfers to the Third World by Major Supplier, 1980-1987

Date: May 9, 1988
Creator: Grimmett, Richard F
Description: None
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Trends in Conventional Arms Transfers to the Third World by Major Supplier, 1980-1987

Trends in Conventional Arms Transfers to the Third World by Major Supplier, 1980-1987

Date: May 9, 1988
Creator: Grimmett, Richard F
Description: None
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Antisatellites (Killer Satellites)

Antisatellites (Killer Satellites)

Date: March 21, 1983
Creator: Smith, Marcia S
Description: This issue brief discusses "killer satellites," the unofficial moniker for antisatellite (ASAT) missiles possessed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as U.S. efforts to develop ASAT systems and simultaneously limit their development and use.
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The Strategic Defense Initiative: Program Description and Major Issues

The Strategic Defense Initiative: Program Description and Major Issues

Date: January 7, 1986
Creator: DiMaggio, Cosmo; Manfredi, Arthur F., Jr & Hildreth, Steven A
Description: None
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Cost Overruns in Major Weapon Systems: Current Dimensions of a Longstanding Problem

Cost Overruns in Major Weapon Systems: Current Dimensions of a Longstanding Problem

Date: October 15, 1983
Creator: Lockwood, David E
Description: This paper reviews the initiatives of the Reagan Administration to control cost overruns during the last 2 and a half years and the actions taken by the Congress to strengthen its oversight role. Particular attention is directed at the critical need to enhance management incentive and accountability at all level of the acquisition process. If recently instituted reform in the Department of Defense fail to control cost overruns, pressure may grow for a more sweeping and radical approach. Serious consideration in such an event might even be given to removing responsibility for weapons acquisition management for the military service and assigning it to a civilian-operated supply agency.
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U.S. Strategic Nuclear Force Options

U.S. Strategic Nuclear Force Options

Date: December 3, 1981
Creator: Collins, John M & Severns, Elizabeth Ann
Description: None
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The MX Basing Debate: The Reagan Plan and Alternatives

The MX Basing Debate: The Reagan Plan and Alternatives

Date: November 2, 1981
Creator: Medalia, Jonathan
Description: None
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Chemical Warfare: A Primer on Agents, Munitions, and Defensive Measures

Chemical Warfare: A Primer on Agents, Munitions, and Defensive Measures

Date: April 27, 1981
Creator: Kallis, E.M.
Description: The recent Department of Defense proposal to develop a capability to modernize and expand the current U.S. chemical warfare munition stocks with binary nerve agent munitions has focused attention on the subject of chemical warfare. This paper provides a brief introductory discussion of modern chemical warfare, describing the types of agents, delivery methods, and defense against chemical agents. It does not discuss policy, strategy, tactics, or disarmament aspects of chemical warfare. These issues w i l l be covered i n CRS Issue Brief IB 8l08l .
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