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A consideration of the problem of making design decisions for time-limited checkouts of ballistic missiles. The paper develops (1) a quantitative criteria for the value of including individual checks in the checkout, (2) an expression for the required efficiency of the checkout equipment, and (3) a mathematical method for determining the content of a theoretically optimum checkout. An example is given. The method developed can also be used to ascertain the launch confidence of existing systems.

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