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Stories by Kosta Tsipis

The Future of American Defense

U.S. forces were shaped for conflict with a superpower. The emerging multilateral world calls for a smaller, more flexible and far less expensive military

February 1, 1994 — Philip Morrison, Kosta Tsipis and Jerome Wiesner

The Verification of Compliance with Arms-Control Agreements

Military activities in the U.S.S.R. can be unilaterally monitored by the U.S. with the aid of a wide spectrum of remote-sensing technologies, including high-resolution satellite photography...

March 1, 1985 — David Hafemeister, Joseph J. Romm and Kosta Tsipis

The Uncertainties of a Preemptive Nuclear Attack

It is said that the U.S. needs new land-based missiles because its present ones are vulnerable to attack. Analysis of uncertainties in such an attack suggests that the vulnerability is exaggerated...

November 1, 1983 — Kosta Tsipis and Matthew Bunn

Laser Weapons

Could orbiting lasers defend a nation against missile attack? The technological obstacles are insurmountable; furthermore, such weapons would be vulnerable to simple countermeasures

December 1, 1981 — Kosta Tsipis

Catastrophic Releases of Radioactivity

The gravest conceivable accident to a nuclear reactor is far less destructive than the detonation of a nuclear weapon, even if it is imagined that the weapon causes harm only by radiation...

April 1, 1981 — Kosta Tsipis and Steven A. Fetter

Land-Based Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

Accurate multiple-warhead missiles are beginning to make fixed ICBM's appear vulnerable to a surprise attack. The proposed U.s. mobile missile, the MX, is viewed as an inappropriate response to the perceived problem...

November 1, 1979 — Bernard T. Feld and Kosta Tsipis

Particle-Beam Weapons

It is said that missiles could be shot down by accelerator. Even if such a weapon could be built, which is questionable, it would be ineffective because it would be vulnerable to countermeasures...

April 1, 1979 — John Parmentola and Kosta Tsipis

Cruise Missiles

This new category of inexpensive, highly accurate weapons presents a diflicult but not insuperable problem to arms-control negotiators: how to distinguish reliably between strategic and tactical versions...

February 1, 1977 — Kosta Tsipis

The Accuracy of Strategic Missiles

The U.S. has initiated the development of ultra-accurate missiles capable of destroying the land-based missile force of the U.S.S.R. The technology behind the new "counterforce" strategy is reviewed...

July 1, 1975 — Kosta Tsipis
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Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Solving the “Hard Problem”