Academic journal article Military Review

India's Emerging Nuclear Posture: Between Recessed Deterrent and Ready Arsenal

Academic journal article Military Review

India's Emerging Nuclear Posture: Between Recessed Deterrent and Ready Arsenal

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Ashley J. Tellis, RAND, Santa Monica, CA, 2001, 885 pages, $40.00.

India's Emerging Nuclear Posture: Between Recessed Deterrent and Ready Arsenal is the product of an extensive research project conducted by Project Air Force (PAF). PAF, the brainchild of General H.H. Arnold, is a RAND-Air Force partnership that has been in existence since 1946. PAF is the only Air Force federally funded research and development center not involved in building hardware. PAF's mission is to gather information for the purpose of conducting studies and analyses on a collage of subjects that might affect the Air Force. PAF has an extensive list of published topics that are available for purchase (in book format) or that can be downloaded for free onto a computer. (See .) The reader must be aware that RAND is a nonprofit institution, and while it helps improve policy-and decisionmaking, it does not always reflect the opinions or policies of its sponsors.

Contributor Ashley J. Tellis is an Indian-born American currently serving as special adviser to the American Ambassador to India. His main objective in conducting his research is to determine India's nuclear posture; that is, if it is a "nuclear-capable state" or a "nuclear-weapon power," and how it got there.

Tellis logically organizes his work into six chapters that identify the factors affecting India's choices, analyzes five specific nuclear end states that India has debated for years, describes India's most likely course of action for the next 20 years, and examines the operational capabilities of India's desired nuclear posture. …

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