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Cruise missiles and modern war : strategic and technological implications

Author: David J Nichols; Air University (U.S.). Center for Strategy and Technology.
Publisher: Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. : Center for Strategy and Technology, Air War College, Air University, [1999]
Series: Occasional paper (Air University (U.S.). Center for Strategy and Technology), no. 13.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Nichols, David J.
Cruise missiles and modern war
42 p.
(OCoLC)45052136
Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David J Nichols; Air University (U.S.). Center for Strategy and Technology.
OCLC Number: 54801018
Notes: Title from title screen (viewed Mar. 24, 2004).
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 42 pages ; 26 cm.
Details: Mode of access: Internet from the AWC web site. Address as of 3/24/04: http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/cst/csat13.pdf; current access available via PURL.; 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.
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.
Series Title: Occasional paper (Air University (U.S.). Center for Strategy and Technology), no. 13.
Responsibility: by David J. Nicholls.

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"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.

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