Accession Number : ADA116271

Title :   Chemical Warfare - An Urgent Need for a Credible Deterrent.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Leonard,James E

PDF Url : ADA116271

Report Date : 19 Apr 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : Lethal chemical agents, which caused one million casualties in World War I, have not been used on any significant scale until recently. Evidence that the Soviet Union and its allies employed toxic weapons in Laos, Cambodia, and Afghanistan makes it necessary to evaluate US chemical warfare policy. That policy examined against the history of chemical warfare, arms control negotiations, and the current military threat is deemed to be adequate. Existing military capabilities to implement that policy are, however, held to be seriously inadequate. The conclusion is reached that retaliatory capabilities must be modernized and improved if the policy is to remain effective. (Author)

Descriptors :   *CHEMICAL WARFARE, *CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENTS, *DETERRENCE, *POLICIES, UNITED STATES, ARMS CONTROL, THREATS, WEAPONS, STOCKPILES, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, AGREEMENTS, NATIONAL DEFENSE, HISTORY

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE