Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age: Power, Ambition, and the Ultimate Weapon

Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age: Power, Ambition, and the Ultimate Weapon

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Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age: Power, Ambition, and the Ultimate Weapon by Toshi Yoshihara, James R. Holmes

A "second nuclear age" has begun in the post-Cold War world. Created by the expansion of nuclear arsenals and new proliferation in Asia, it has changed the familiar nuclear geometry of the Cold War. Increasing potency of nuclear arsenals in China, India, and Pakistan, the nuclear breakout in North Korea, and the potential for more states to cross the nuclear-weapons threshold from Iran to Japan suggest that the second nuclear age of many competing nuclear powers has the potential to be even less stable than the first.

Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age assembles a group of distinguished scholars to grapple with the matter of how the United States, its allies, and its friends must size up the strategies, doctrines, and force structures currently taking shape if they are to design responses that reinforce deterrence amid vastly more complex strategic circumstances. By focusing sharply on strategy-that is, on how states use doomsday weaponry for political gain-the book distinguishes itself from familiar net assessments emphasizing quantifiable factors like hardware, technical characteristics, and manpower. While the emphasis varies from chapter to chapter, contributors pay special heed to the logistical, technological, and social dimensions of strategy alongside the specifics of force structure and operations. They never lose sight of the human factor-the pivotal factor in diplomacy, strategy, and war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589019294
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 10/22/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Toshi Yoshihara is the John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies at the US Naval War College.

James R. Holmes is an associate professor of strategy at the US Naval War College and the author of Theodore Roosevelt and World Order. Yoshihara and Holmes are also coauthors of Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to US Maritime Strategy.

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