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

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

by Paul Brooker, David H. Dunn
     
 
This work analyzes the vulnerability of America's land-based missile force to a preemptive 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

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This work analyzes the vulnerability of America's land-based missile force to a preemptive 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312176112
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Series:
Southampton Studies in Intl Policy Series
Pages:
303
Product dimensions:
5.61(w) x 8.69(h) x 1.15(d)

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