DEFENSE: Zeroing in on the Silo Busters

Long before the March SALT standoff in Moscow, the central issue in the U.S.-Soviet arms race had become the increasing vulnerability of land-based ICBMS to surprise enemy attack. In recent months, U.S. defense officials and strategic analysts have warned repeatedly that the Soviets were rapidly increasing their ability to destroy American missiles. Meanwhile, although the fact has received surprisingly little publicity, the U.S. is on the verge of taking a big step forward in its own ability to knock out Soviet ICBMS in their steel-and-concrete silos. The startling success of the new...

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