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Iran's Ballistic Missile Programs: An Overview

Description: Iran has an active interest in developing, acquiring, and deploying a broad range of ballistic missiles. This was spotlighted in mid-July 2008 when Iran launched a number of ballistic missiles during military exercises. This report seeks to provide an overview of the reported or suspected variety of Iranian ballistic missile programs. Because there remains widespread public divergence over particulars, however, this report does not provide specificity to what Iran may or may not have, or is in the process of developing.
Date: July 21, 2008
Creator: Hildreth, Steven A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Analysis of Rocket, Ramjet, Turbojet Engines for Supersonic Propulsion of Long-Range Missiles 2: Rocket Missile Performance

Description: Memorandum presenting an investigation of the theoretical performance of a two-stage ballistic rocket missile with a centerbody and two parallel boosters for JP4-oxygen and ammonia-fluorine propellants. The missile using the ammonia-fluorine propellant weighs about one-half as much as a missile using JP4-oxygen. Results regarding the optimum missile and effect of variation of design parameters are provided.
Date: October 11, 1954
Creator: Huff, Vearl N. & Kerrebrock, Jack
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Supersonic Investigation of the Lift, Drag, Static Stability, and Hinge-Moment Characteristics of a Rocket-Powered Model of a Ballistic-Missile Configuration

Description: Memorandum presenting a free-flight investigation to determine the lift, drag, static stability, and hinge-moment characteristics of a rocket-powered model of a rocket-powered model of a ballistic-missile configuration at supersonic speeds. The model consisted essentially of a body of fineness ratio 16.9 and a cruciform set of small 60 degree delta fins located approximately 1 body diameter from the base of the body. The model lift and pitching-moment coefficients were nonlinear with angle of attack.
Date: September 28, 1956
Creator: Gillespie, Warren, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

An Estimate of the Fluctuating Surface Pressures Encountered in the Reentry of a Ballistic Missile

Description: Note presenting calculations made of the magnitude of the surface sound pressure levels that will occur on blunt-nosed vehicles during reentry into the earth's atmosphere. The results presented cover a wide range of re-entrance velocities and reentrance angles into the atmosphere and sizes and weights of the vehicle.
Date: July 1958
Creator: Callaghan, Edmund E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Heat-transfer and pressure measurements from a flight test of a 1/18-scale model of the Titan intercontinental ballistic missile up to a Mach number of 3.95 and Reynolds number per foot of 23 x 10(exp 6): COORD. No. AF-AM-70

Description: From Summary: "Boundary-layer transition and heat-transfer measurements were obtained from a flight test of a 1/18-scale model of the Titan intercontinental ballistic missile up to a Mach number of 3.95 and a Reynolds number per foot of 23 x 10(exp 6). Boundary-layer transition was observed on the nose of the model. Available theories predicted heat-transfer coefficients reasonably well for the fully laminar or turbulent flow conditions. The drag coefficient of the configuration was also obtained for a Mach number range of 1.25 to 3.75."
Date: December 19, 1957
Creator: Graham, John B., Jr.; Chauvin, Leo T. & Speegle, Katherine C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Assessing the Options for Preserving ICBM Survivability

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.
Date: September 28, 1981
Creator: Medalia, Jonathan
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Experimental investigation of the simulation of atmospheric entry of ballistic missiles

Description: Report presenting a small-scale apparatus for simulating the motion and heating of ballistic missiles and its elements of design and operation. Experiments demonstrate that conditions for simulation are fulfilled according to theoretical requirements. Results regarding the application to full-scale missiles, shadowgraph observations, observations of recovered models, and spectroscopic observations are provided.
Date: December 12, 1957
Creator: Neice, Stanford E.; Carson, James A. & Cunningham, Bernard E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

National Missile Defense and Early Warning Radars: Background and Issues

Description: The Clinton Administration is scheduled to decide by Fall 2000 whether the United States should begin deploying a National Missile Defense (NMD) system.This system could achieve initial operational capability by 2005 and would be designed to protect the United States from a limited attack by intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). As currently envisioned, the NMD system would operate as an integrated system that would rely on a variety of sensors to detect and track incoming missiles. One key program element is to upgrade the existing Early Warning Radars (EWR) so that they can detect and track the incoming missiles sooner. This report provides background information and technical details of these planned upgrades as well as their cost and schedule.
Date: August 25, 2000
Creator: Chasteen, Larry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Current Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Issues

Description: This report discusses the missile defense program and whether current policy or program direction might change. The FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA, P.L. 114-328) made several notable changes that could have significant effects on the direction of U.S. BMD policy and programs.
Date: February 21, 2017
Creator: Hildreth, Steven A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Navy Columbia Class (Ohio Replacement) Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN[X]) Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Description: This report provides background information and potential oversight issues for Congress on the Columbia class program, previously known as the Ohio replacement program (ORP) or SSBN(X) program, a program to design and build a new class of 12 ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) to replace the Navy's current force of 14 Ohio-class SSBNs.
Date: October 3, 2016
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

China: Ballistic and Cruise Missiles

Description: This CRS report contains three parts. The first part discusses ballistic missiles of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The second discusses the PRC’s cruise missiles. The last section offers concluding observations. Two tables summarize the discussion on current ballistic and cruise missiles in service or under development. The appendix, prepared by Robert Shuey, discusses China’s reported application of global positioning system (GPS) technology to improve the accuracy of its missiles. This report focuses on the status and current developments of China’s missile programs, rather than their history.
Date: August 10, 2000
Creator: Kan, Shirley A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Conventional Warheads for Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and Issues for Congress

Description: This report provides an overview of the Administration’s rationale for the possible deployment of conventional warheads on long-range ballistic missiles. It then reviews the Air Force and Navy efforts to develop these systems. It summarizes congressional reaction to these proposals, then provides a more detailed account of the issues raised by these concepts and programs.
Date: September 6, 2005
Creator: Woolf, Amy F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Conventional Warheads For Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and Issues for Congress

Description: This report provides an overview of the Administration’s rationale for the possible deployment of conventional warheads on long-range ballistic missiles. It then reviews the Air Force and Navy efforts to develop these systems. It summarizes congressional reaction to these proposals, then provides a more detailed account of the issues raised by these concepts and programs.
Date: March 13, 2006
Creator: Woolf, Amy F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Description: This report provides background information and issues for Congress on the Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) program, which is carried out by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Navy, and gives Navy Aegis cruisers and destroyers a capability for conducting BMD operations. The issue for Congress is whether to approve, reject, or modify Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition strategies and proposed funding levels for the Aegis BMD program. Congress's decisions on the Aegis BMD program could significantly affect U.S. BMD capabilities and funding requirements, and the BMD-related industrial base.
Date: September 1, 2017
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Conventional Warheads for Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and Issues for Congress

Description: This report provides an overview of the Administration’s rationale for the possible deployment of conventional warheads on long-range ballistic missiles. It then reviews the Air Force and Navy efforts to develop these systems. It summarizes congressional reaction to these proposals, then provides a more detailed account of the issues raised by these concepts and programs.
Date: February 13, 2006
Creator: Woolf, Amy F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Conventional Warheads for Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and Issues for Congress

Description: This report provides an overview of the Administration’s rationale for the possible deployment of conventional warheads on long-range ballistic missiles. It then reviews the Air Force and Navy efforts to develop these systems. It summarizes congressional reaction to these proposals, then provides a more detailed account of the issues raised by these concepts and programs.
Date: June 27, 2006
Creator: Woolf, Amy F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Iran's Ballistic Missile Programs: An Overview

Description: This report seeks to provide an overview of the reported or suspected variety of Iranian ballistic missile programs. Because there remains widespread public divergence over particulars, however, this report does not provide specificity to what Iran may or may not have, or is in the process of developing.
Date: February 4, 2009
Creator: Hildreth, Steven A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Conventional Prompt Global Strike and Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and Issues

Description: Prompt global strike (PGS) would allow the United States to strike targets anywhere on earth with conventional weapons in as little as an hour. This report provides an overview of the rationale for the PGS mission and the possible deployment of conventional warheads on long-range ballistic missiles in support of this mission. It then reviews the Air Force and Navy efforts to develop these systems. It summarizes congressional reaction to these proposals, then provides a more detailed account of the issues raised by these concepts and programs.
Date: April 21, 2011
Creator: Woolf, Amy F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department