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