A SAC Alert Concept for the Immediate Future

by Robert A. Levine, Richard B. Rainey


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Proposals that are expected to triple SAC's deterrent and retaliatory ability by modifying its alert and maintenance concepts. A maintenance policy is discussed that removes some maintenance impediments to a high state of alert and would provide SAC with a round-the-clock, seven-days-per-week maintenance policy. An alert policy is examined that helps minimize the effects of the remaining maintenance impediments, keeps all operationally ready airplanes not actually flying equipped with special weapons and fueled, and places as many airplanes as possible on alert status. The additional costs of these proposals would be small compared with the present total cost of operating the B-52 force, or compared with the value of the increase in effective aircraft.

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