Accession Number : ADA138260

Title :   Nuclear Weapons Policy, Planning and War Objectives: Toward a Theater-Oriented Deterrent Strategy,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Lewis,K N

PDF Url : ADA138260

Report Date : Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : The U.S. strategic nuclear policy debate has for years been marked by confusion and chaos. Despite the investment of considerable analytic effort, planners remain deeply divided on basic issues relating to budgets, force structure choices, employment strategies, arms control concepts, and the like. This basic dilemma is as follows. On the one hand, nuclear weapons cannot serve national objectives in the same ways that other military forces can. On the other hand, like it or not, both the United States and Soviet Union maintain large nuclear forces, and, for reasons I will list it is imperative to plan for their use.

Descriptors :   *Nuclear weapons, *Policies, *United States, Defense planning, Deterrence, Military strategy, USSR, National defense, United States government, Planning, Nuclear forces(Military), Arms control

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE