According to a recent Global Security Newswire article, the Air Force is considering a number of basing modes for a new land-based long-range nuclear-tipped missile.
One idea, according to the idea, is to build a new missile that is “mobile, with a capability for transport on trucks or trains.”
Other ICBM basic schemes include “dense pack,” where “silos would be closely spaced and theoretically made more challenging to destroy in an all-out attack.”
Or move one missile among a number of silos, a nuclear “shell game.”
Ironically, we have been here before.
When the Reagan Administration tried to find a new basic mode for the MX missiles in the 1980’s, it considered some 37 options — before eventually settling on plopping one missile in one silo as before.
Will history repeat itself?