Moving Targets: Nuclear Strategy and National Security / Edition 1

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Overview

In what Stanley Hoffmann, writing in The New York Review of Books, has called a "fine analysis and critique of American targeting policies," Sagan looks more at the operational side of nuclear strategy than previous analysts have done, seeking to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

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Betts
Sagan presents a succinct survey, enriched with original argument, of important themes in the development of U.S. nuclear doctrine in practice (as distinct from academic theory).
Richard K. Betts, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Ullman
Sagan's critique of U.S. nuclear doctrine is highly intelligent and informative. The case he makes for second-strike counterforce and leadership targeting will be interesting to specialists and lay readers alike. It is the best such effort I have seen. . . . No one who reads this book could fail to emerge much better informed regarding current U.S. nuclear strategy, and why the strategy has developed along the lines it has taken. Such a reader would be much better equipped to understand many aspects of the current nuclear debate, and would be much less prone to reach for sloganistic formulas for change.
Richard H. Ullman, Princeton University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691023267
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/25/1990
  • Series: Council on Foreign Relations Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: The Usability Paradox 3
Chapter 1 The Evolution of U.S. Nuclear Doctrine 10
Chapter 2 Second-Strike Counterforce 58
Chapter 3 Limited Strategic Defense 98
Chapter 4 Accidental War and Operational Arms Control 135
Chapter 5 A Delicate Balancing Act 176
Notes 187
Index 229
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