Ballistic Missiles

Ballistic missiles are short-, medium-, and long-range rocket-propelled vehicles that deliver nuclear or conventional weapons. RAND's analyses help policymakers understand the potential uses of ballistic missiles for warfare and terrorism, the likelihood of their use by combatants, possible defense strategies, and emerging threats to the global security environment.

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    Project Feedback Summary Report: Volume I

    An analysis of the potential of an unconventional reconnaissance method whereby inaccessible points on the earth may be viewed by television from a satellite orbiting at 300-mi altitude. The current code name for this project is "Feed Back."

    Mar 1, 1954

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    A Revised Development Program for Ballistic Missiles of Intercontinental Range

    British defense historian D. MacKenzie in 1990 called SM-21 arguably the most important single document of the missile age.

    Jan 1, 1954

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    Effects of impulsive deflections on ballistic missile trajectories.

    A mathematical analysis of the sensitivity of long-range ballistic missiles to deflection from an assigned target by an accelerating impulse applied during the free-flight phase. The quantitative relationship between the accelerating impulse and the ...

    Jan 1, 1954

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    Cortez A. Cooper

    Senior International/Defense Researcher; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in Asian Studies, University of Hawaii; B.A. in psychology, Davidson College

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    Jacob Heim

    Defense Policy Researcher
    Education B.A. in mathematics, Amherst College; M.A. in international relations, Johns Hopkins University

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    Maynard Ansley Holliday

    Senior Engineer
    Education MS in mechanical engineering design/robotics, Stanford University; BS in mechanical engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

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    Gregory S. Jones

    Adjunct Senior Defense Policy Analyst; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education A.B. in biology, University of Chicago

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    George Nacouzi

    Senior Engineer
    Education B.S. in aero/astro engineering, CSU Poly (Pomona); M.S. in aerospace engineering, UCLA; Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, UCI

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    Chad J. R. Ohlandt

    Senior Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and scientific computing, University of Michigan; M.S. in aerospace engineering, Pennsylvania State University; S.B. in astronautical engineering, M.I.T.

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    David T. Orletsky

    Associate Director, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Senior Engineer
    Education S.M. in aeronautics and astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S. in aerospace engineering, Pennsylvania State University