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A Synthesis of StabilityTransition Findings
The Transition and the Reagan Administration
Strategic Defenses and
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ABM treaty aimpoints air defense arms control assumed ballistic missile defenses ballistic missile retaliatory bomber calculations counterforce countervalue crisis stability curve damage defense domain defense effectiveness defense potential defense transition defense-suppression forces deployed desired reserve effectiveness of defense Figure first-strike incentive first-strike instability first-strike stability Flexible Response force postures ICBM RVs incentive to strike increase intercept interceptors killer RVs launch level of defense level of deterrence military targets MIRVing missile retaliatory capability Mutual Assured Survival mutual deterrence nationwide defenses nontargetable RVs nuclear forces nuclear weapons on-station RVs opponent's percent planner random subtractive mode reduce regions of first-strike retaliation RVs are killers scenario side side's silos SLBM Soviet attack Soviet ballistic missile Soviet conditional survival Soviet defense Soviet ICBM Soviet Union Strategic Defense Initiative strategic defenses strategic offensive forces superpowers terminal BMD United States ballistic United States defense United States ICBM warheads zone of mutual