Postprint version. Published in American Journal of Physics, Volume 51, Issue 3, March 1, 1983, pages 215-225.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1119/1.13273.
Approximate numerical estimates are developed in order to quantify a variety of aspects of the arms race. The results of these calculations are consistent with either direct observations or with more sophisticated calculations. This paper will cover some of the following aspects of the arms race: (1) the electromagnetic pulse (EMP); (2) spy satellites; (3) ICBM accuracy; (4) NAVSTAR global positioning satellites; (5) particle and laser beam weapons; (6) the neutron bomb; and (7) war games.