The Future of the Submarine-based Deterrent

The Future of the Submarine-based Deterrent

This project responded to growing concern over new developments in the Soviet-American nuclear competition. The Academy hosted a conference that examined the emerging belief that the present second-strike, and thus deterrent, capabilities of missile-carrying nuclear submarines could be eroded by technological advances in strategic antisubmarine warfare. If so, this would threaten the stability between the United States and the Soviet Union created by the then-new 1972 Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, and initiate a new spiral in the arms race. The resulting book examines the various aspects of the future of the sea-based deterrent.

Resulting Publication

  • The Future of the Sea-Based Deterrent, ed. Kosta Tsipis, Anne H. Cahn and Bernard T. Feld. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1973. Available from publisher.

Project Data

  • PROJECT DATE: 1972-1973
  • PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS: Kosta Tsipis, Anne H. Cahn, and Bernard T. Feld (all from MIT)
  • SOURCES OF FUNDING: Johnson Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


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