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

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819163370
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 10/1/1987
  • Series: Occasional Papers, #2
  • Pages: 124

Meet the Author

Peter Stein

Peter Stein has been a highly successful writer, editor, designer, and art director for more than twenty years. He is the author of seven gift books, including Age Is Nothing, Attitude Is Everything and Fine Friends: A Little Book About You and Me. He lives in Petaluma, California.

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