Accession Number : ADA338799

Title :   Stopping the Spread of Nuclear Weapons. The Heritage Lectures; No. 506.

Corporate Author : HERITAGE FOUNDATION WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Spring, Baker

PDF Url : ADA338799

Report Date : 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : This lecture is on the proliferation of nuclear arms. More precisely, it will be on how best to prevent the proliferation of nuclear arms. For as much as we in the policy community may disagree about the proper policies for preventing nuclear proliferation, I think all of us share the goal of preventing proliferation. The best prescription for preventing all sorts of proliferation-biological, chemical, missile, and space technology, as well as nuclear is for the U.S. government to pursue a balanced non- proliferation policy. Such a balanced policy requires bringing four distinct approaches to addressing the proliferation problem together in a coherent fashion. These distinct approaches are: 1) deterring the use of the weapon in question, 2) defending against the use of the weapon in question, 3) destroying preemptively the weapon in question, and 4) controlling the spread of the weapon in question directly through arms control. In my view, a balanced and effective nonproliferation policy should not shun or slight any of these approaches. All make a unique contribution toward the whole and serve to reinforce one another in limiting the effects of proliferation and ultimately discouraging proliferation itself. This does not mean, however, that there is no requirement to make trade-offs among the four. Indeed, the real trick is assuring that there is an appropriate division of labor among the four. Now let me explain this general policy in terms of the specific challenges posed by the proliferation of nuclear arms.

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR WEAPONS, *ARMS CONTROL, NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION, FOREIGN POLICY, NATIONS, SPACE TECHNOLOGY, POLICIES, DESTRUCTION, INSPECTION, DISARMAMENT.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Nuclear Warfare
      Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE