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AFCGM

21 February 1958

MEMORANDUM FOR DIRECTOR OF GUIDED MISSILES, OSD

SUBJECT: ICBM Force Objectives

References: a. SAFS Memo, 10 Feb 58
                  b. SAFS Memo, 17 Feb 58
                  c. AFCGM Memo, 21 Feb 58

1. This memorandum is in response to a verbal request from your office to specify the Air Force ICBM planning objectives with program costs.

2. In arriving at the force objective mix for FY 63 and 64 the following factors have been considered:

a. The recommendations of the Gaither Committee that a force of 600 ICBMs is required.
b. The strategic target requirement.
c. The requirement to maintain a strong offensive posture continuously and therefore not divert unduly large sums of money and manpower from the manned bomber force to the strategic missile system until prospects of achieving reliability and accuracy performance requirements for missiles are assured.
d. The fact that first generation of ICBMs, ATLAS and TITAN are expensive and complex. Expectations are that replacement of the first generation by a simpler, less expensive solid propelled ICBM (MINUTEMAN) will begin in 1963.
e. The United States as a nation will probably be well into the space age by 1963/65. Any ATLAS and TITAN boosters which are excess to operational force needs during this time period will be employed in astronautics programs.

3. After consideration of the above factors, the Air Force recommends approval of the following ICBM force structure. Upon receipt of approval, funding estimates will be refined and a financial plan will be submitted. The number of missiles is a firm requirement. The force mix is subject to change as research and development on ATLAS, TITAN, MINUTEMAN and THORIC progresses.

WD-58-01227

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ICBM FORCE OBJECTIVES
(in numbers of missiles)


FY 58

FY 59

FY 60

FY 61

FY 62

FY 63

FY 64

ATLAS


10

30

70

90

90

90

TITAN




10

50

110

110

MINUTEMAN

        

        

        

        

        

100

400

Totals


10

30

80

140

300

600

ESTIMATED DOLLAR REQUIREMENTS
(in millions of dollars)


FY 58

FY 59

FY 60

FY 61

FY 62

FY 63

FY 64

ATLAS

653.7

665.4

588.8

443.1

142.0

107.0

72.0

Titan

356.4

560.5

636.7

821.0

316.0

421.0

133.0

MINUTEMAN

26.0

233.0

276.0

308.0

290.0

240.0

185.0

Totals

1036.1

1458.9

1501.5

1572.1

748.0

768.0

390.0

PRESENT FUNDING AUGMENTATION REQUIRED
(FY 58 and FY 59)


FY 1958

FY 1959


Present

Augmentation

Present

Augmentation

ATLAS

653.7

0

665.4

0

TITAN

356.4

0

404.5

156.0

MINUTEMAN

   0   

   26.0   

   0   

233.0

TOTALS

1010.1

26.0

1069.9

389.0







CHARLES M. McCORKLE
Brigadier General, USAF
Assistant Chief of Staff
for Guided Missiles







WD-58-01227