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Guarding the Guardians: Civilian Control of Nuclear Weapons in the United States
     

Guarding the Guardians: Civilian Control of Nuclear Weapons in the United States

by Peter D. Feaver
 
Tells the story of U.S. nuclear custody policy from 1945 to 1990, & offers a new framework for approaching the issue of nuclear command & control (NCC). Examines the fundamental constraints & dilemmas inherent in the operation of NCC. Provides an overview of civilian control of each component of nuclear operation. Offers a model identifying factors that explain

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Tells the story of U.S. nuclear custody policy from 1945 to 1990, & offers a new framework for approaching the issue of nuclear command & control (NCC). Examines the fundamental constraints & dilemmas inherent in the operation of NCC. Provides an overview of civilian control of each component of nuclear operation. Offers a model identifying factors that explain changes in civilian control policy over time. Draws on extensive interviews & recently declassified government documents. Provides a historical account of nuclear weapons custody, paying particular attention to the Truman, Eisenhower, & Kennedy admins.

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A comprehensive guide to the world's military space systems, their history, development, technology, the interpretation and use of their data, and their place in world politics. This book is required reading for students of military and political policies and how those policies are affected by spy satellites and the data they collect. Feaver (political science, Duke U.) tells the story of US nuclear custody policy from 1945 to the present and offers a new framework for approaching the issue of nuclear command and control. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780801426759
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
07/01/1992
Series:
Cornell Studies in Security Affairs
Pages:
261
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 16.00(h) x 0.20(d)

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