Chapter 8: Technology, the Use of Force and Weapons of Mass Destruction


The Air Force is able to successfully destroy almost two-thirds of the Soviet missiles that US intelligence detected. However, approximately one-third remain. The Soviet Union condemns the air campaign as an act of aggression, a unilateral strike on Cuba without any sort of legitimate provocation, and moves to accelerate the movement of missiles and related equipment to Cuba. Additionally, the Soviet Union blockades pro-United States West Berlin, and threatens to take out US missile sites in Italy and Turkey.

What do you do now?

Set up a naval blockade of CubaEnsure nothing can enter (or leave) the country without US knowledge and acquiescence. Any Soviet craft trying to bring missiles or any other weapons, material, or supplies to Cuba will have to cross your blockade. Demand that the Soviet Union dismantle all missile sites in Cuba.
Launch a nuclear strike on the missile sites in CubaThis will serve to entirely destroy the new sites and to send a message that the US will not accept nuclear weapons so near its own territory.
Launch nuclear strikes against the Soviet UnionAim primarily at key military and government installations. If the Soviet Union is willing to put weapons so close to the United States, it seems they must be preparing for a nuclear attack. It is absolutely essential that you strike first, to gain the upper hand before Moscow does.
Request a diplomatic meeting with the Soviet UnionMake it clear that any missiles in Cuba will be treated as Soviet missiles, and an attack from Cuba will be responded to with an attack on the Soviet Union.
Launch a ground invasion of CubaTake out the remaining missile sites with ground forces, and establish a military presence that will force the Soviet Union to engage your troops militarily if it hopes to bring any more missile supplies into Cuba.