Computers and Strategic Advantage

III. Games, Computer Technology, and a Strategic Power Ratio

by Edwin W. Paxson

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One of a series of reports that examine the nature and impact of U.S. computer technology relative to that of the Soviet Union, and the military advantages that the United States may be able to achieve through applications of advanced computer technology. This particular report presents a model for measuring the cost to both sides to realize in the future various U.S. to USSR strategic power ratios, in terms of the percentages of strategic forces that would need to be modernized, given different relative military technology levels. A numerical run of the model shows that increases in the Soviet growth rate in computer technology beyond the historical rate can have significant implications for the required modernization of U.S. forces if a desired strategic power ratio is to be maintained.

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