NATO Strategy and Nuclear Defense

NATO Strategy and Nuclear Defense

NATO Strategy and Nuclear Defense

NATO Strategy and Nuclear Defense

Synopsis

The central problem discussed in this timely volume is the continuing question of how to incorporate nuclear weapons into NATO strategy in such a way that the military defense posture possesses sufficient credibility to deter the Soviet Union and reassure the allies. The evolution and differences in the strategic concepts of the major nations in the Alliance are analyzed by examining the character of the opposing military capabilities and some of the practical problems of fighting a local nuclear battle.

Excerpt

This book grew out of a series of studies that started with my introduction to the military problems of nato at the nato Defense College at Paris in 1954. My interest was rekindled by a study of the psychological aspects of nuclear weapons at the National War College at Washington in 1960. On retiring from the U.S. Navy, I joined sri International in 1962, where we made a series of arms control studies centered on the military confrontation in Europe. the more I examined the differences in strategic concepts, the elements of opposing force postures, and the practical problems of controlling the use of nuclear weapons in Europe, the more I became convinced that a better understanding was needed by every concerned person, whether hawk or dove, whether civilian or military, whether politician or voter, about the problems relating to the possible use of nuclear weapons in defending the nations of the Atlantic Alliance.

The first attempt to deal with the subject was a short book, nato Without France, published by the Hoover Institution in 1967. Later I expanded on the theme at great length in my Ph.D. dissertation in 1971. in the meantime there have been many changes in the strategic equation, many new developments in weaponry, and many new uncertainties and imbalances. the Hoover Institution kindly accepted me as a visiting . . .

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