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But the argument isn't that by getting rid of Trident you'd remove the second strike capacity, it is suggested instead that the second strike role could be filled by  naval forces with nuclear armed cruise missiles instead.
This would be completely unfeasible for the simple reason that naval task forces cannot be hidden - at all - and can hence easily be targeted by a first strike. They are not credible second strike weapons. Neither are airborne free fall bombs, cruise missiles or really anything except submarine launched missiles.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 06:52:59 AM EST
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