Hair-trigger ICBM standoff hasn't changed, but the U.S. and Russia could back off in stages outlined in a Rand study
Russia's early warning system, designed to detect an ICBM attack in the event of a nuclear war with the U.S., is in such a shambles that leaders in Moscow might have trouble in a crisis telling a false alarm from the real thing, according to a Rand report. In addition, Russia has so few ballistic missile submarines on patrol or mobile ICBMs on the road that hardly any of its strategic nuclear forces are likely to survive a first strike. And U.S. Trident submarines could launch missiles ...
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