Counterforce, conventional arms, and confusion: a comment on the Brussels Conference

by Malcolm W. Hoag

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Comments on several of the papers presented at the Brussels Conference on "NATO, the Next Thirty Years," September 1-3, 1979, and published in the Washington Quarterly. Henry Kissinger's paper, in particular, is discussed in regard to its perceived implications for NATO strategic concepts and strategic nuclear policy. Arithmetic is used to refute controversial statements in the Kissinger paper; points of agreement are also identified. European reaction to the paper is described, with emphasis on Uwe Nerlich's (German) paper. Conventional arms and SALT II complications are also considered.

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