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To: First Authority
The MX were a counterforce weapon, not first strike, albeit they had the ability to be if...we had 3 X more of them. The MX gave us the ability to retaliate against their arsenal...after they struck first...and gave us the option of not having to nuke their cities. And by taking out their remaining missiles...that would keep them from thinking they could win. And their existence helped us prevent their attack, and thus caused their ultimate collapse as their nuclear war winning doctrine imploded.

Today, however, the clock is being wound back to before Reagan...to our extreme danger. The Russians for example, are busy deploying an equivalent mobile missile system to the MX...the Topol-M.... while we are dismantling systems...they are deploying.... H'mmm.

36 posted on 12/02/2010 4:56:50 PM PST by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: Paul Ross
“The MX were a counterforce weapon”

I agree based on semantics and strength of force. The talk at Avco where I worked and where the delivery system for the RV’s was developed referred to the Mk-21 RV as having first strike capability due to the scalable power of the warhead and the extreme accuracy from 7K miles away.

In reality, in a shooting war, no military target in USSR was safe and with all of the submarine based systems, cities weren't either.

We used to have a good laugh at Avco when we learned that the USAF would notify Soviet spy ships prior to a test launch in the Pacific. USA was so sure of success and apparent accuracy that we wanted to let them know what they had to fear. We used to also monitor Soviet tests, when they were successful.

38 posted on 12/03/2010 8:23:52 AM PST by First Authority
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