Nixon Administration and the Making of U.S. Nuclear Strategy

Nixon Administration and the Making of U.S. Nuclear Strategy

by Terry Terriff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801430828

ISBN-13: 9780801430824

Pub. Date: 06/01/1995

Publisher: Cornell University Press

In 1974 Richard Nixon's defense secretary, James Schlesinger, announced that the United States would change its nuclear targeting policy from "assured destruction" to "limited nuclear options." In this account of the Schlesinger Doctrine based on newly declassified documents and extensive interviews with key actors, Terry Terriff challenges the Nixon administration's…  See more details below

Overview

In 1974 Richard Nixon's defense secretary, James Schlesinger, announced that the United States would change its nuclear targeting policy from "assured destruction" to "limited nuclear options." In this account of the Schlesinger Doctrine based on newly declassified documents and extensive interviews with key actors, Terry Terriff challenges the Nixon administration's official explanation of why and how this policy innovation occurred.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801430824
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1995
Series:
Cornell Studies in Security Affairs Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
1The Schlesinger Doctrine and Extended Deterrence1
2The Changing Strategic Environment18
3Disquiet with Assured Destruction51
4The National Strategic Targeting and Attack Policy Review Panel97
5Developing a Policy Consensus159
6The Politics of Strategic Nuclear Policy184
7Implementing the New Nuclear Targeting Guidance204
8Determinants of U.S. Nuclear Strategy223
Appendix: National Security Decision Memorandum 242237
Index243

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