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Congressional Budget Offive [CBO] Reports

  • Modernizing U.S. Strategic Offensive Forces: Costs, Effects, and Alternatives NOVEMBER 1987 - The Administration announced its plan to modernize all parts of the United States strategic deterrent in October 1981. Since then it has substantially completed one wave of procurement of strategic offensive forces, encompassing all legs of the triad: land-based and sea-based intercontinental ballistic missiles plus long-range bombers. Plans for a second wave of procurement are under way and may well cost more than the first.
  • The U.S. Sea—Based Strategic Force: Costs of the Trident Submarine and Missile Programs and Alternatives February 1980 - The paper considers alternatives, examining options that would involve developing and deploying the Trident II missile or continuing deployment of the Trident I missile. The paper also considers the effects on costs of possible future vulnerability of the strategic submarine fleet.
  • Counterforce Issues for the U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces January 1978 - In recent years, concern has grown that one element of the TRIAD of U.S. strategic nuclear forces, land-based ICBMs, might become vulnerable to a first strike by an improving Soviet ICBM force. The fiscal year 1979 budget will present to the Congress several programs that respond to this growing threat.

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