"Past considerations of nuclear war, particularly those involving battlefield use, have not taken into account a major factor: the time-dependent nature of the human body's response to radiation. This factor is likely to introduce changes in the temporal nature of warfare as profound as the spatial changes associated with the increased explosive power of nuclear munitions. High fatality rates will last for days following a nuclear event and must be taken into account. Continued lack of attention to this aspect of nuclear warfare is likely to result in inappropriate choices of military posture, doctrine, and equipment."
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