Accession Number : ADA132931

Title :   Planning for NATO's Nuclear Deterrent in the 1980s and 1990s,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Thomson,James A

PDF Url : ADA132931

Report Date : Nov 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : NATO planners need to look anew at: the structure of short- and medium-range theater nuclear forces, the contribution that U.S. sea-based and intercontinental nuclear assets make to NATO's deterrent, NATO's capabilities to direct its forces in war, and the size of the nuclear stockpile in Europe. Notwithstanding their potential for political controversy, a comprehensive examination of these issues should not be delayed very much longer. Although the strategy is indeed vague, planning for NATO's nuclear deterrent forces does not necessarily have to proceed bereft of direction. A framework for planning can be constructed on the basis of the flexible response strategy, especially if NATO planners take careful account fo developments that have occurred since its adoption in 1967.

Descriptors :   *Defense planning, *Nuclear warfare, *Deterrence, *NATO, Deployment, Nuclear weapons, Stockpiles, Management planning and control, Strategic analysis, Military requirements, Military force levels, Balance of power, Military doctrine, Threat evaluation, USSR, Foreign policy, Western Security(International)

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Nuclear Warfare

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