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Targeting Exercise

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A military planner wants to design a targeting strategy to maximize the number of prompt casualties in metropolitan areas by using twenty 1 Mt bombs. The main cities in the enemy country have the following characteristics:

City 1: (30,000 people/sq. mi)

City 2: (16,000 people/sq. mi)

City 3: (10,000 people/sq. mi)

City 4: (6,000 people/sq. mi)

How would you distribute the twenty bombs, and how many casualties would such an attack produce?

use p = 25 Y / R3
p = peak overpressure in psi
Y = yield in megatons
R = slant range in miles

Hint: An overpressure of 5 psi will kill 50% of the population.

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