Assuring Control of Nuclear Weapons: The Evolution of Permissive Action Links

Assuring Control of Nuclear Weapons: The Evolution of Permissive Action Links

by Peter Stein, Peter D. Feaver
     
 

A central problem in the history of nuclear weapons has been how to assure that they will only be used when directed and authorized) not in an accident, not by terrorists, not by allies, and not by battlefield commanders acting on their own. Permissive Action Links (PALs) were developed in the 1960s as a technological solution to this problem. This book first… See more details below

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A central problem in the history of nuclear weapons has been how to assure that they will only be used when directed and authorized) not in an accident, not by terrorists, not by allies, and not by battlefield commanders acting on their own. Permissive Action Links (PALs) were developed in the 1960s as a technological solution to this problem. This book first examines the factors of that led to the first decision to develop PALs. It then describes the subsequent expansion of PALs. Co-published with Harvard University's Center for Science and International Affairs.

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General David C. Jones (USAF-Ret.)
A well-written report on a most important aspect of nuclear weapons security and safety. Although I was a direct participant during much of the history of PALs, I learned a great deal from this report.
General David C. Jones
A well-written report on a most important aspect of nuclear weapons security and safety. Although I was a direct participant during much of the history of PALs, I learned a great deal from this report.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819163370
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
10/01/1987
Series:
Occasional Papers, #2
Pages:
124

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