Expendable Missiles vs. Reusable Platform Costs and Historical Data

Expendable Missiles vs. Reusable Platform Costs and Historical Data

Thomas Hamilton
Copyright Date: 2012
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 26
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/j.ctt5hhvxs
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    Expendable Missiles vs. Reusable Platform Costs and Historical Data
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    This report uses an analysis of historical use of air-to-ground attacks during and since the Vietnam war to assess the economic wisdom of relying primarily on expendable weapons, such as cruise missiles. Such exclusive reliance only makes economic sense if all possible conflicts over the system lifetime can be ended in a total of less than about ten days.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8322-7
    Subjects: Technology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figures and Table
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Summary
    (pp. ix-x)
  6. Expendable Missiles Versus Reusable Platform Costs and Historical Data
    (pp. 1-6)

    The purpose of this report is to evaluate the economic wisdom of the United States adopting policies that rely primarily on expensive expendable weapons, such as cruise missiles, to conduct air-to-ground strike missions. We examine the historical use of air-to-ground attack by the U.S. military during and since the Vietnam War and examine when exclusive use of expendable methods would be cost-prohibitive compared to using reusable weapons platforms. This analysis focuses solely on cost and does not explore the range of capabilities different weapon systems offer. Thus, our conclusions do not address strategies involving a mix of reusable penetrating aircraft...

  7. APPENDIX A Model Assumptions and Methodology
    (pp. 7-8)
  8. APPENDIX B Data Sources
    (pp. 9-10)
  9. APPENDIX C Additional Cost Excursions
    (pp. 11-14)
  10. References
    (pp. 15-16)