publication . Doctoral thesis . 2004

The National Guard Ballistic Missile Defense Mission minutemen at the Orgital Plane

Trenary, Ralph Hiram;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2004
  • Publisher: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited This thesis examines the decision to assign the Ballistic Missile Defense mission to units of the Colorado and Alaska National Guard. The history of the Nike Ajax, Nike Hercules, Sentinel and Safeguard programs are examined to identify the origins of support for this decision. First-hand sources provide evidence that the National Guard performance in the Nike air defense program is a record of parity and some superiority to equivalent active Army units. Previously documented records of Nike unit inspections and evaluations are included. Perhaps for the first time, the results of a declassified U.S. Army stud...
free text keywords: Ballistic missile defenses, United States
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