American Nuclear Primacy: the End of MAD or a New START?
David J. Elkind is a research intern for the Project on Nuclear Issues. The views expressed above are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Center for Strategic and International Studies or the Project on Nuclear Issues.
5The Federation of American Scientists estimates the test depth of the American Ohio-class submarine to be “greater than 1000 ft,” implying that it can withstand water pressure of at least 448 psi. If Russian submarines have similar capabilities (test depths at or near 300 m), then this sensitivity analysis may be the more accurate reflection of Russian SSBN capabilities, rather than Lieber and Press’s baseline figures. These baseline and sensitivity figures of 315 psi and 472.5 psi are retained because they are the values used in Lieber and Press (“The End of MAD?” 43). For Ohio-class submarine specifications, see “SSBN-726 Ohio-Class FBM Submarines,” Federation of American Scientists website, no date (accessed May 7, 2012), http://www.fas.org/programs/ssp/man/uswpns/navy/submarines/ssbn726_ohio.html.
6 Graphics produced using R 2.15.0 software. R Development Core Team (2012). R: A language and environment for statistical computing. R Foundation for Statistical Computing, Vienna, Austria. ISBN 3-900051-07-0, URL http://www.R-project.org/.