MX: Prescription for Disaster

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MX: Prescription for Disaster

By Herbert Scoville, Jr.
MIT Press, 1981
220 pp. $15.00

Probably the most critical weapons decision facing the United States during the 1980s is whether to deploy the MX, and with which basing mode, or what an alternate response might be to the perceived vulnerability of our land-based strategic systems. This important and timely book contains a highly knowledgeable analysis of the entire issue, presented in a straightforward manner designed to be widely read. The author, a respected former CIA and ACDA official, believes that a land-based MX would be "a prescription for disaster"; his preference is for a sea-based alternative consisting of a large number of mini-submarines carrying two ballistic missiles each, deployed in the coastal waters of the United States. This volume is a singular contribution to the current debate; it should be of considerable utility to specialists and laymen alike.

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