AUTHORBrodie, Bernard
TITLEThe Development of Nuclear Strategy
PERIODICAL TITLEInternational Security
DATE PUBLISHED1978
VOLUME NUMBER2
ISSUE NUMBER4
PAGE NUMBERS65-83
ISSN0162-2889
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This seminal article written by Bernard Brodie, one of the architects of U.S. Cold War nuclear weapons policy, provides insights into his thinking and those of others concerning the role of those weapons in both deterrence and limited nuclear wars. He points out that in the period from 1946 to 1977, the national debate on nuclear strategy centered on four questions: 1)What are the changing physical requirements for continuing the success of deterrence? 2) What kinds of wars does nuclear deterrence deter? 3) Do tactical nuclear weapons have a role in nuclear strategy? and 4) If deterrence fails, how do we fight a nuclear war and for what objectives? The short paper shows the perspectives of those who developed policies for the role of nuclear weapons during the Cold War.


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