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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    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.

    Dec 31, 1953

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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 ...

    Dec 31, 1953

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    Cortez A. Cooper III

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

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    Jacob L. Heim

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

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    Maynard A. 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
    Education A.B. in biology, University of Chicago

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    David Kravitz

    Data Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in algorithms, combinatorics, and optimization, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in mathematics, University of Delaware

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    George Nacouzi

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