The postwar security framework that has kept the peace for 35 years depends on nuclear weapons. The United States and its allies are heavily reliant on nuclear weapons for their security, more so than their adversaries. This means that the U.S. approach to nuclear arms control must be one of caution. It does not mean that progress is not possible, but it will be hard slogging because of the differences between U.S. and Soviet interests. In this discussion, which was a speech made at a meeting of the New Frontiers and Futures Section of Town Hall of California, the author details his thesis by looking at the following points: the structure of peace; the role of defense establishments; the role of nuclear weapons; the extended deterrence problem; nuclear force needs; conventional force needs; and the future of nuclear arms control.
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