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second strike

[′sek·ənd ′strīk]
(ordnance)
The first counterblow of a war (generally associated with nuclear operations).
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Technically the best mode of second-strike capability is submarine launched ballistic missile, which neither India nor Pakistan have deployed as yet, Cheema said.
According to media speculation, the new submarines will provide Israel with second-strike capability, in the event that Iran, or any other state, attacks Israel with nuclear weapons.
The judge sentenced Magana to four years in prison for the robbery and an additional three years under the second-strike clause.
That's the only problem second-strike capability will resolve.
The report called on Israel to operate a multi-layered ballistic missile defense system as well as establish a second-strike capability.
Tanya Dawn Pittman was given a second-strike sentence by Judge Donald Coleman, who acknowledged the defendant's sincere regret but said he could not overlook her long criminal history prior to the Aug.
Regarding second-strike cases, which state officials said made up 7,493 of the county's 8,145 strike cases through April of this year, Garcetti would not make a prediction.
The analyst's office suggests that the authority should focus on job training for the state's 16,000 second-strike inmates.