Magazine article Arms Control Today

Tactical Nuclear Weapons in the Modern Nuclear Era

Magazine article Arms Control Today

Tactical Nuclear Weapons in the Modern Nuclear Era

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Brendan Thomas-Noone, Lowy Institute for International Policy, September 2016

Brendan Thomas-Noone, a research associate in the Alliance 21 Program at the United States Centre at the University of Sydney, assesses the technologies and military doctrines of the United States, Russia, and China with respect to tactical nuclear weapons. Thomas-Noone writes that the major powers are increasing the accuracy and sophistication of their nuclearcapable tactical delivery systems and that combining them with low-yield nuclear warheads could make the weapons more usable, endanger strategic stability, and encourage an arms race among the nuclear powers. Two trends are increasing these risks, he writes. First, all three states are investing in the ability to conduct precision strikes with cruise missiles and, in the future, hypersonic weapons. …

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