We’ve talked about it here before, the threat that is. Now comes an open source, current publication you can use for citations and the like:

Ballistic missile capabilities continue to increase with the proliferation of missile technology. Over 20 countries have ballistic missile systems and it is likely that missiles will be a threat in future conflicts involving U.S. forces. Ballistic missiles have been used in several conflicts over the last 20 years, including the Iran-Iraq war, the Afghan civil war, the war in Yemen, the 1991 and 2003 Persian Gulf conflicts, and the Russian military action in Chechnya.
In order to better understand ballistic missile capabilities, this document addresses ballistic missile basics, characteristics, proliferation, and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) from select ballistic missile capable countries.


Foreign Ballistic Missile Capabilities

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  • Byron

    You know, it just occured to me that during the “bad” old days of the Cold War, that we were really a lot safer than today…now it seems that everyone can loft a nuke and burn a city. Not good stuff to think about…

  • @Byron:
    Some might argue that the opportunities for destruction remain the same, it’s just that back then at least we’d know from whence they came…
    – SJS

  • Byron

    Well, I figured the grownups had enough sense to understand the stakes, especially after the 60s. Nowadays, not so sure.

  • Paul

    The use that always gets me is the Afghan civil war. What exactly were they trying to do lobbing them by the, if I remember correctly, hundreds and against tactical targets with a CEP that ridiculous?

  • @Paul: think long(er) range artillery from the “safety” of their bastions.
    An interesting factor in the explosion, if you will, of MRBMs is what role the INF treaty plays/ed in the proliferation of weapons within the treaty ranges. Something I’m doing a deep dive into as explore further relationship between missile defense and arms control.
    – SJS

  • RickWilmes

    Steel Jaw,

    Thank you for providing this resource. I will be downloading and printing the document later today.

    This document has moved to the top of my reading pile 🙂