New Nuclear Century: Strategic Stability and Arms Control [NOOK Book]

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Cimbala and Scouras examine the issues related to the control of nuclear weapons in the early 21st century. These issues are both technical and policy oriented; science and values are commingled. This means that arguments about nuclear strategy, arms control, and proliferation are apt to be contentious and confusing. The authors seek to provide readers with a fuller, more accurate understanding of the issues involved.

They begin by analyzing the crazy mathematics of nuclear arms...

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New Nuclear Century: Strategic Stability and Arms Control

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Overview

Cimbala and Scouras examine the issues related to the control of nuclear weapons in the early 21st century. These issues are both technical and policy oriented; science and values are commingled. This means that arguments about nuclear strategy, arms control, and proliferation are apt to be contentious and confusing. The authors seek to provide readers with a fuller, more accurate understanding of the issues involved.

They begin by analyzing the crazy mathematics of nuclear arms races and arms control that preoccupied analysts and policymakers during the Cold War. After examining stability modeling, they argue for a more comprehensive definition of strategic stability and they relate this more inclusive concept to the current relationship between the United States and Russia—one characterized by cooperation as well as competition. They then use the concept of friction to analyze how the gap between theory and practice might influence nuclear force operations and arms control. The problem of nuclear weapons spread or proliferation is then considered from the vantage point of both theory and policy. They conclude with an analysis of whether the United States might get by in the 21st century with fewer legs of its strategic nuclear triplet than weapons based on land, at sea, and airborne. A provocative analysis for arms control policymakers, strategists, and students, scholars, and other researchers involved with nuclear weapons issues.

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Technical and policy issues of nuclear weapons are examined by Cimbala (political science, Penn State U.) and Scouras (Dyncorp National Security Programs). They examine models of deterrence stability, suggesting that the models need to be clarified with conceptions of prompt launch deterrence and crisis stability (the extent to which nuclear command and control is shock resistant to the possibility of accidental launch). They examine proliferation issues and suggest that if the major nuclear powers refuse to undertake drastic disarmament, they will inevitably be unable to persuade or coerce others toward nonproliferation. They also see significant strategic problems with missile defense systems, even if they function as desired. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313012020
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

STEPHEN J. CIMBALA is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Penn State University, Delaware County. His most recent books include Nuclear Strategy in the Twenty-first Century (Praeger, 2000) and Clausewitz and Chaos: Friction in War and Military Policy (Praeger, 2001).

JAMES SCOURAS is a Principal Scientist at DynCorp National Security Programs.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 First-Strike Stability Modeling: The Crazy Mathematics of the Cold War 1
2 Redefining Strategic Stability 25
3 Friction and Nuclear Deterrence 75
4 Triad and Tribulation: U.S. and Russian START Options 105
5 Proliferation in an Unstable World 127
Conclusion 161
Further Reading 181
Index 183
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