MX: A New Look and a New Math

A commisson proposes a two-phase plan for land missles

After three months of deliberations that included 28 full meetings and consultations with hundreds of experts, the eleven-member Commission on Strategic Forces brought forth its 26-page final report last week. There were few surprises. The blue-ribbon panel, appointed last January by President Reagan as a last-ditch attempt to find a home for the orphan MX missile, recommended the prompt deployment of 100 MX missiles in existing Minuteman silos and research on silo "hardening." For the long term, the panel proposed the development of an unspecified number of smaller (15-ton) single-warhead missiles with...

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