The Cold War may be over, but you wouldn't know it from the tens of thousands of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons of mass destruction still held by Russia, the United States, and other world powers. Arguing that the time has come to dispense with incremental approaches to arms control, Admiral Stansfield Turner, the former head of the CIA and an experienced senior military commander, proposes a practical yet safe planstrategic escrowthat would move the world into a new and secure millennium. The paperback edition of this widely acclaimed work has been updated to consider the implications of such a build-down if applied to non-nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Specifically, Admiral Turner details how a plan for weapons reduction could be carried out for biological and chemical weapons and what tactical and strategic differences exist between de-escalation of nuclear and non-nuclear weapons.
About the Author
Stansfield Turner is the former head of the CIA and an experienced senior military commander. He is the author of Secrecy and Democracy and Terrorism and Democracy.
Table of Contents
* Acknowledgments * Acronyms * Introduction Part One: The Problem * 1. The Spell Cast by Weapons of Mass Destruction Part Two: The Theory * 2. Points of Non-recovery * 3. Points of Self-Deterrence * 4. Controlled Response Part Three: The Solution * 5. Strategic Escrow * 6. No First-Use * 7. Defenses * 8. Global Management * 9. Reshaping Decisionmaking * 10. The Sine Qua Non: Citizen Support * Appendix A: Lethality of Nuclear Weapons * Appendix B: Excerpts from "Nuclear Crash:The U.S. Economy After Small Nuclear Attacks," M. Anjali Sastry, Joseph J. Romm, and Kosta Tsipis * Appendix C: Calculation of Russian Forces Surviving a U.S. Preemptive Attack * Notes * Index
What People are Saying About This
The end of the Cold War may have freed the world from the immediate threat of a nuclear war, but thousands of nuclear weapons remain, many still on alert, aimed at specific targets in Russia and in the United States. Policymakers and the public should read this book, and act.