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distant early warning

noun
1.
a US radar detection system to warn of missile attack See also DEW line
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Contemporary definitions for distant early warning
noun

a radar system set up in North America for the early detection of a missile attack; also called Distant Early Warning System

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The Distant Early Warning System was established in the 1950s for the defensive advance warning radar system that provided "top cover" air defense for North America.

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