The authors gratefully acknowledge the following persons for comments and critiques on earlier drafts of parts of this study, or for their insights into the topics of deterrence, nuclear arms control, stability, and proliferation: Pavel Baev, Robert Batcher, Stephen Blank, Jerome Bracken, James Bradley, Michael Crutcher, Raymond Garthoff, Daniel Geller, David Glantz, Colin Gray, James Holcomb, Joanna Ingraham, Jerome Kahan, Jacob Kipp, David McGarvey, Wendell Nix, Fred Nyland, Keith Payne, Peter Pry, Thomas Scheber, and Brad Walker. We express special gratitude to Glenn A. Kent and David E. Thaler for their important efforts to address first-strike stability and subsequent impact on our thinking; our disagreements are intellectual, not personal.
We would also like to thank Dr. James Sabin of Greenwood Publishing Group for encouraging this project and Betty Pessagno for serving as senior production editor.
None of the above persons is responsible for any of the contents in this study. The views expressed in this book are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of any agency of the U.S. government or of the Pennsylvania State University.