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NATO's Theater Nuclear Forces : A Coherent Strategy for the 1980's

Author: Jean D Reed; National Defense University.
Publisher: Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC : National Defense University Press ; Washington, DC : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 1983.
Series: National security affairs monograph series, 83-8.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With the passage of time, the role of nuclear weapons in NATO defense strategy has changed significantly. By the 1980s, the doctrine of massive retaliation has evolved into one of flexible response. Now that the Soviet Union has reached parity with the West in strategic forces, NATO's theater nuclear strategy has emerged as a critical issue. Although deterrence remains the goal of NATO defense policy, the current  Read more...
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Reed, Jean D.
NATO's theater nuclear forces.
Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC : National Defense University Press ; Washington, DC : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S.G.P.O., 1983
(OCoLC)614780803
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jean D Reed; National Defense University.
OCLC Number: 10423178
Notes: S/N 008-020-00969-5.
Item 378-H.
Description: vi, 79 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 21 cm.
Contents: Prologue : A Dilemma for the Alliance --
NATO's Nuclear Strategy --A Search for Meaning --
Flexible Response, Credible Deterrence, and Escalation Control --
To Implement a Strategy
Series Title: National security affairs monograph series, 83-8.
Other Titles: N.A.T.O.'s theater nuclear forces
North Atlantic Treaty Organization's theater nuclear forces
Responsibility: by Jean D. Reed.

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With the passage of time, the role of nuclear weapons in NATO defense strategy has changed significantly. By the 1980s, the doctrine of massive retaliation has evolved into one of flexible response. Now that the Soviet Union has reached parity with the West in strategic forces, NATO's theater nuclear strategy has emerged as a critical issue. Although deterrence remains the goal of NATO defense policy, the current configuration of NATO's triad of conventional, theater nuclear, and strategic nuclear forces may not be adequate to maintain the peace. The author focuses on theater nuclear forces, recommending changes in their configuration to support changes in conventional and strategic forces. In calling for clarification of the conditions which would justify initial use of theater nuclear weapons, he proposes an explicit linking of conventional and theater forces with strategic forces. The adoption of these proposals would allow a restatement of flexible response and enhance deterrence.

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