Semi-Daily Journal Archive

The Blogspot archive of the weblog of J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics and Chair of the PEIS major at U.C. Berkeley, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Hoisted from Comments: The Euromissiles of the 1980s

Ian Whitchurch writes, apropos of the Euromissiles of the 1980s:

Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal: "Looking Tough" Is Not a Plan--Well, Not a Good Plan Anyway: I'm not sure I'd agree with

"The IRBMs did not add to NATO's strategic options: they could do nothing that Trident missiles could not do at least as effectively."

They did present an option that the Soviet SS-20 (etc) did not - the ability to do a non-ballistic and thus low-warning decapitation strike against hardened command targets.

By definition, this would be a first strike.

That was the disparity between Cruise/Pershing and the SS20. The SS20 could not destroy Washington or Cheyenne Mountain etc.


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