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First Strike

Preemptive War in Modern History

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        LC ClassificationsMay 14, 2008
        The Physical Object
        Paginationxvi, 92 p. :
        Number of Pages62
        ID Numbers
        ISBN 100415958458

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The only purpose for gigantic nuclear weapons, like the SS-18 25 megaton variant, is to take out extremely hardened targets, [ ] like command and control First Strike, such aslocated at the ; FEMAlocated at ; or Site R, located at. At very small numbers of targets, each defensive asset will be able to take multiple shots at each warhead, and a high kill ratio could be achieved easily.

[ ] Therefore, at times, both sides refrained from deploying systems capable of unanswerable nuclear strikes against either side. This undermines the doctrine of MAD by discrediting a nation's ability to punish any aggressor with a lethal retaliatory second strike.

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This atmosphere was further inflamed by the 1957 launch ofwhich led to fears of Communists attacking fromas well as concerns that if the Soviets could launch a device into orbit, they could equally cause a device to re-enter the atmosphere and impact any part of the planet. countered by developing the vastly more powerfultesting their first hydrogen bomb in 1952 atbut the USSR quickly countered by testing their own thermonuclear weapons, with a test in 1953 of a semi-thermonuclear weapon of the design, and in 1956, with the testing of — equivalent to the device.

Soviet military theory was dominated by the theory of the "" — a large-scale offensive into enemy-held territory — rather than a nuclear offensive.

Similar in capability to the SS-18 Satan, the Peacekeeper had a throw-weight of 4,000 kg, First Strike could carry only First Strike MIRVed warheads of 300 kt each, as well as a of 120 First Strike. This is a large quantity of energy.

This is due to thewhich predicts that the amount of energy dispersed from a single point release of energy such as a thermonuclear blast dissipates by the inverse of the square of distance from the single point of release. Other possible first-strike weapons systems [ ]• September 2014 During the period, bothand thebuilt massiveaimed, to a large extent, at each other. rhetoric combined with classical Soviet mistrust of the NATO powers.

The reason for this is that a single 25 megaton warhead could take out only one hardened missile silo if the silos are sufficiently separated—probably by only 2—4 km, depending on the amount of hardening. Both sides, however, were willing to use nuclear weapons, if necessary, to not lose the war at hand.