Deterrence, Arms Control, and Disarmament: Toward a Synthesis in National Security Policy

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6 Weapons-Testing and Environmental Stability

Up to this juncture we have focused on the problems of survival and stability within an environment of either constant or ascending weapons levels. In our considerations of deterrence and of arms control we have concerned ourselves with adapting to the military environment rather than modifying it. In Part III, we shall give our attention to weapons elimination and to modifications of the environment; but here we shall pause to discuss some stability-enhancing measures which belong clearly in neither of these two categories. My assignment of them to arms control rather than to disarmament is essentially arbitrary, though they cannot be subsumed under dis armament in any strict sense of the word.

Here, then, we shall discuss what might be called pre-production limitations: those weapon development measures whose restriction or prohibition will ultimately affect the quality, quantity, and deployment of future weapons. Whereas we emphasized a rather direct approach to the stability-through-expectations

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