Dead Volcano: The Background and Effects of Nuclear War Complacency [NOOK Book]

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Cimbala argues that nuclear complacency is based on a misreading of history and on unsound political and military analysis. The stability factors built into the Cold War international system are now missing. The spread of nuclear weapons after the Cold War moved toward regional actors outside of Europe, some with religious or national scores to settle. Technology transfer of ballistic missiles and other delivery systems for weapons of mass destruction, including biological and chemical as well as nuclear weapons,...

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Dead Volcano: The Background and Effects of Nuclear War Complacency

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Overview

Cimbala argues that nuclear complacency is based on a misreading of history and on unsound political and military analysis. The stability factors built into the Cold War international system are now missing. The spread of nuclear weapons after the Cold War moved toward regional actors outside of Europe, some with religious or national scores to settle. Technology transfer of ballistic missiles and other delivery systems for weapons of mass destruction, including biological and chemical as well as nuclear weapons, brings the danger of nuclear eruption closer to reality. Finally, the mechanism of deterrence that seemed so dependable as a means of war prevention from 1947 to 1991 only seems so by virtue of nostalgia.

The early decades of the Cold War were made somewhat unpredictable by uncertain U.S.-Soviet political relations, by nuclear force building based on worst-case estimates, and by rickety command and control systems that could have failed both sides in a crisis. The Soviets and Americans gradually improved their relationship and stabilized Cold War competition, including nuclear rivalry, but they had more than 40 years to practice and no immediate territorial disputes. As Cimbala makes clear, it cannot be assumed that the Soviet-American nonbelligerence of the Cold War is transferable into a multipolar, post-Cold War international system marked by spreading weapons and trigger-sensitive control systems. This provocative analysis will be of interest to all scholars, students, and policy makers involved with defense, security, and foreign policy studies.

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Like peasant farmers convinced that the looming volcano will never erupt because it never has, warns Cimbala (political science, Pennsylvania State U.-Delaware County), policy makers, theorists, and lay observers are dead wrong to be optimistic about the future of nuclear weapons, war, and politics. He identifies the major error as believing that nuclear weapons were not necessary to avoiding World War III, and so believing they are irrelevant now. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313015502
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 414 KB

Meet the Author

STEPHEN J. CIMBALA is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Penn State University (Delaware County).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Nuclear Revolution and American Military Strategy 1
2 Nuclear Weapons and Soviet Cold War Strategy: Adapting to MADness 37
3 Friction and Nuclear Deterrence 59
4 A Near Escape? The 1983 "War Scare" and Nuclear Danger 85
5 Nuclear Weapons and U.S.-Russian Arms Control 109
6 Russian Nuclear Command and Control: Policy and Strategy Perspectives 145
7 Cyberwar and Nuclear Deterrence 175
8 The Danger of Nuclear Weapons Spread 215
Conclusion 241
For Further Reading 259
Index 261
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