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'''Nuclear target structures''' is part of the [[nuclear war]] / [[nuclear weapon]]s related [[List of military strategies and concepts|military strategies and concepts]] developed during the [[Cold War]] and still in use in the 21st century. They refers to likely major targets of [[nuclear weapon]]s in the event of [[first strike]] or retaliation/defensive strike.
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This is an attack procedure for using nuclear weapons in the event that a hostile threat that cannot be subjugated by using conventional forces or that a hostile nation has used [[weapons of mass destruction]] against a [[sovereign state]].
  
Because [[nation]] [[state]] nuclear target structures may have changed since the end of the Cold War, it is difficult to predict with certainty what targets [[Russia]], [[China]], [[North Korea]], or [[Pakistan]] might have selected in the [[United States]]. However, targeting should be similar to what was predicted in the early 1990s.  
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In the USA it is unclear what the targets may be because [[nation]] [[state]] nuclear target structures may have changed since the end of the Cold War. It is difficult to predict with certainty what targets [[Russia]], [[China]], [[North Korea]], or [[Pakistan]] might have selected in the [[United States]]. However, targeting should be similar to what was predicted in the early 1990s.
  
[[Fallout]] patterns from a [[first strike]] upon our retaliatory [[asset]]s might look devastating.
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==Likely Nuclear weapon targeting==
  
==Department of Defense De-Classified TR-82 "High Risk Areas" Report==
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1. Primary Targets
Much of the target structure location research here is based on numerous published sources<ref>[http://www.nti.org/country-profiles/united-states/nuclear/ ''Nuclear Country Profile''], [[Washington, DC]]: Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Last updated: May, 2014. Accessed January 15, 2015</ref>, but especially the [[U.S.]] [[Department of Defense|DoD]]'s de-classified TR-82 "High Risk Areas" report. This report contains a fairly comprehensive list of [[ICBM]] and [[nuclear]] payload bomber targets that has been generated by military [[intelligence]].
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==Primary Targets==
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These "[[first strike]]" targets are mostly [[missile]] silos, [[bomber]] bases, [[submarine]] bases, and command and control (C2) centers. The enemy must neutralize these assets immediately to prevent or minimize nuclear retaliation.
 
These "[[first strike]]" targets are mostly [[missile]] silos, [[bomber]] bases, [[submarine]] bases, and command and control (C2) centers. The enemy must neutralize these assets immediately to prevent or minimize nuclear retaliation.
  
==Secondary Targets==
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2. Secondary Targets
 
Secondary targets refers to major [[military]], [[industry|industrial]], [[government]]al, and [[transportation]] centers. Also included are seaports, [[lock]]s and [[dam]]s. These may be hit at once by the first missiles or struck by the bombers that will follow.
 
Secondary targets refers to major [[military]], [[industry|industrial]], [[government]]al, and [[transportation]] centers. Also included are seaports, [[lock]]s and [[dam]]s. These may be hit at once by the first missiles or struck by the bombers that will follow.
  
==Tertiary Targets==
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3. Tertiary Targets
 
These are [[population]] and industrial centers that probably wouldn't be hit in the first strikes but would be high on the lists for later destruction to further cripple [[America]]'s ability to fight a prolonged [[war]] and/or recover and function as a nation. [[Threats]] against these targets could also be used following the initial [[attack]]s to force our leadership to capitulate.
 
These are [[population]] and industrial centers that probably wouldn't be hit in the first strikes but would be high on the lists for later destruction to further cripple [[America]]'s ability to fight a prolonged [[war]] and/or recover and function as a nation. [[Threats]] against these targets could also be used following the initial [[attack]]s to force our leadership to capitulate.
 
== ____ the Nuclear-Weapon State: A Likely [[Nuclear target structures|Nuclear Target Structure]]==
 
* [[Nuclear_target_structures#Primary_Targets|Primary Targets]]:
 
This nation is considered a "nuclear-weapon states" (NWS) since it has [[nuclear weapon]] capabilities making it one of the primary [[nuclear target structures]] in a possible [[nuclear war]]<ref>[http://www.nti.org/country-profiles/united-states/nuclear/ ''Nuclear Country Profile''], [[Washington, DC]]: Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Last updated: May, 2014. Accessed January 15, 2015</ref>.
 
 
* [[Nuclear_target_structures#Secondary_Targets|Secondary Targets]]:
 
 
* [[Nuclear_target_structures#Tertiary_Targets|Tertiary Targets]]
 
 
==Quotes==
 
* "They all hate us anyhow, so let's drop the big one now..." - Excerpted lyrics from "[[Political science]]" by Randy Newman
 
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==

Revision as of 16:31, 19 January 2015

This is an attack procedure for using nuclear weapons in the event that a hostile threat that cannot be subjugated by using conventional forces or that a hostile nation has used weapons of mass destruction against a sovereign state.

In the USA it is unclear what the targets may be because nation state nuclear target structures may have changed since the end of the Cold War. It is difficult to predict with certainty what targets Russia, China, North Korea, or Pakistan might have selected in the United States. However, targeting should be similar to what was predicted in the early 1990s.

Likely Nuclear weapon targeting

1. Primary Targets These "first strike" targets are mostly missile silos, bomber bases, submarine bases, and command and control (C2) centers. The enemy must neutralize these assets immediately to prevent or minimize nuclear retaliation.

2. Secondary Targets Secondary targets refers to major military, industrial, governmental, and transportation centers. Also included are seaports, locks and dams. These may be hit at once by the first missiles or struck by the bombers that will follow.

3. Tertiary Targets These are population and industrial centers that probably wouldn't be hit in the first strikes but would be high on the lists for later destruction to further cripple America's ability to fight a prolonged war and/or recover and function as a nation. Threats against these targets could also be used following the initial attacks to force our leadership to capitulate.

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