Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Speakes on Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Modernization
The President decided today to proceed with full-scale development of the small intercontinental ballistic missile and to begin development of a mobile, rail garrison basing mode for Peacekeeper. These two programs are an integrated package to modernize ICBM's. The decision authorizes research and development only. In response to congressional direction to consider alternate basing modes and deployment areas for Peacekeeper, the President has decided that a basing mode be developed to place missiles on railroad cars during peacetime at military installations around the country. During times of national emergency, the Peacekeeper missiles could be moved to classified locations.
main operating base for Peacekeeper rail garrison would be at F.E. Warren AFB,
WY, where there is already a sizable investment in Peacekeeper support
facilities. Garrisons would be located at F.E. Warren AFB and at other Defense
installations throughout the continental
initial operating capability for the small ICBM would be achieved in 1992 with
the first systems positioned at Minuteman facilities at Malmstrom
AFB, MT. After activation of the missiles in
The total quantity of systems to be produced and the extent to which the missiles are to be deployed will be dependent upon the size of the Soviet threat and progress reached on arms control agreements.