No Land-Mobile ICBM Launchers For America

By Joe Buff, MS, FSA

Should the U.S. add land-based mobile ICBMs to its Nuclear Deterrence Triad, or use them instead of fixed-silo nukes? The short answer is no. Such weapon systems were considered during the First Cold War, as one way to make American ICBMs more survivable — by moving them around unpredictably. By jinking hither and yon on random paths while going top speed, they could even seek to outfox inbound enemy warheads. How? The half-hour flight time it would take Moscow to drop a big warhead on a specific location would give the mobile…