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Author Nichols, David J.

Title Cruise missiles and modern war : strategic and technological implications / by David J. Nicholls.

Imprint Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. : Center for Strategy and Technology, Air War College, Air University, [1999]


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Description 42 pages ; 26 cm.
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Series Occasional paper ; no. 13
Occasional paper (Air University (U.S.). Center for Strategy and Technology) ; no. 13.
System Details Mode of access: Internet from the AWC web site. Address as of 3/24/04:; current access available via PURL.
Note Title from title screen (viewed Mar. 24, 2004).
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 39-42).
Contents 1. Introduction. -- 2. Improving cruise missile technologies. -- 3. Proliferation of cruise missiles. -- 4. Strategies for employing cruise missiles. -- 5. Defending against cruise missiles. -- 6. Conclusions. -- Annex. -- Notes.
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Summary "This study examines how the proliferation of technologies has remedied the historical shortcomings of cruise missiles to produce a weapon that has significant military capabilities. The argument in this study is that cruise missiles are more cost-effective weapons than manned aircraft and ballistic missiles. It argues, furthermore, that the proliferation of cruise missile systems and technologies will transform cruise missiles into important and perhaps decisive weapons in the twenty-first century. The second theme of this study is that the United States must develop the ability to defend itself against a cruise missile attack. For a number of reasons, it is unlikely that U.S. defenses could entirely defeat such an attack in view of the difficulties of detecting and engaging a mass attack with cruise missiles that a determined enemy could use to overwhelm the defenses. Bearing in mind reasonable estimates of the numbers of cruise missiles that states could possess, this study concludes with the argument that the optimal strategy for an adversary against which the United States must defend itself is an attack against U.S. logistics and supply centers. This represents the nature of the asymmetric attacks that the United States will confront in the twenty-first century."--Page.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
Processing Action digitized 2011 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda MiAaHDL
Subject Cruise missiles.
Cruise missile defenses -- United States.
Cruise missile defenses. (OCoLC)fst00884367
Cruise missiles. (OCoLC)fst00884368
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Added Author Air University (U.S.). Center for Strategy and Technology.
Other Form: Nichols, David J. Cruise missiles and modern war 42 p. (OCoLC)45052136
Gpo Item No. 0422-K-03 (online)
Sudoc No. D 301.26/26:13

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