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The Nuclear Option: Long Range Strike & The Case For Dual-Use


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The Air Force is also considering whether or not to pursue a new air-launched cruise missile (ALCM). The new ALCM – known in defense circles as the long-range standoff (LRSO) weapon – would possess advanced capabilities to increase the chances of success and against modern air defenses. Like the new bombers that may one day employ it, this missile is dual-use as well.

If the ability of opponents to retaliate following a first strike is crucial for preserving peace, then the United States must also maintain this capability.

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