Programmed Warning of U.S.-Based SAC Against Air-Breathing Threats

Problems and Suggested Solutions

by L. D. Attaway

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By 1958, ensuring adequate warning of attack had become accepted as the paramount problem in air defense. This report concludes that the warning system should and can be augmented to provide (1) a high-quality, all-altitude surveillance perimeter several hundred miles deep, (2) an improved ground-based identification system, and (3) means for intercepting all unknown aircraft that penetrate such a perimeter inbound toward the United States.

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