ABSTRACT

Perspective on Strategic Nuclear Deterrence in the New World Order   [open pdf - 1MB]

"For over 40 years, American nuclear strategy reflected a bi-polar world view. White the Cold War is over, the former Soviet Union remains the sole threat of a cataclysmic nuclear attack and we see emerging Third World capabilities. The post-Cold War world promises to be complicated, more volatile, and less predictable. While the strategic mission is largely unchanged, the threat, arms control, and budget realities are dramatically changed. It is time, to conduct a review of the purpose, character, size, and composition of US strategic forces. This paper suggests our deterrence philosophy is sound. We have the opportunity to create a stable deterrence at substantially reduced force levels. But, we need to change the way we do business in Europe, the Third World, in space, and in our planning and targeting."

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1992
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Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC): http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/
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