Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Time for Control

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CHAPTER 13

NUCLEAR TESTING AND NEW STRATEGIC FRAMEWORKS:
THE NEED FOR A STRATEGIC NUCLEAR FRAMEWORK
RESPONSIVE TO TERRORIST THREATS
Charles MeadeBefore 11 September 2001, RAND examined a range of nuclear postures for the United States under the emerging strategic framework of the new Bush administration. At the time, important issues included the following factors:
the prospect that the United States would deploy a national missile defence and abrogate the Anti Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty;
the evolving position of the United States on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and nuclear testing in general;
continuing concerns regarding nuclear proliferation; • changes in the strategic relationships between the United States and Russia and the United States and China, considering the above.
RAND carried out its analysis through a series of “Day After” exercises on the United States policy options regarding the CTBT. The United States Senate had rejected ratification in October 1999, and the new administration was debating whether it would support efforts for the international implementation of the treaty. Policy questions included:
how the positions of the United States on the CTBT would impact other national security goals;
whether the complete rejection of CTBT implementation by the United Sates would have a negative impact on relations between the United States and the Russian Federation or the ability to deploy missile defences;

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