The Politics of Threat: Minuteman Vulnerability in American National Security Policy

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This work analyses the vulnerability of America's land-based missile force to a pre-emptive Soviet strike as an issue in US strategic and political debate. It examines why the issue rose to prominence in the way it did in the 1970s and then fell away as a concern in the 1980s without being solved in the way it had been presented. It details the way in which the issue was exploited for political and strategic purposes which were often at odds ...
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Overview

This work analyses the vulnerability of America's land-based missile force to a pre-emptive Soviet strike as an issue in US strategic and political debate. It examines why the issue rose to prominence in the way it did in the 1970s and then fell away as a concern in the 1980s without being solved in the way it had been presented. It details the way in which the issue was exploited for political and strategic purposes which were often at odds with a concern for this vulnerability.
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The threat of a Soviet pre-emptive strike on America's land-based missile force was an issue that gripped American security policy throughout the 1970s; under Reagan, the issue disappeared. This study demonstrates that it was kept alive as justification for various strategic and political purposes, and it was allayed once the American political mood had changed. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 A Threat Established
1 ICBM Vulnerability: The Development of an Issue 9
2 SALT I and Minuteman Vulnerability: An Issue Established 31
3 Strategic Innovation and ICBM Vulnerability: Evaluating the Threat to Minuteman 46
4 Vladivostok, Nitze and the Vulnerability Scenario 64
Pt. 2 ICBM Vulnerability in the Carter Administration
5 Carter, His Critics and the Politicisation of the Issue 83
6 Carter, the MX and the Window of Vulnerability: The Political Context 91
Pt. 3 ICBM Vulnerability in the Reagan Administration
7 The Window of Vulnerability, Strategic Modernisation and the Townes Committee 127
8 Reaction to the Townes Committee Report 139
9 The President's Commission on Strategic Forces 161
10 Reactions to the Commission's Recommendations 188
Conclusions 211
Appendix A 222
Appendix B 223
Bibliography 224
Notes 237
Index 281
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