Planning for nuclear deterrence and defense: the complex decision structure

by Kevin N. Lewis

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This paper discusses factors that influence and constrain planning for nuclear deterrence and defense, and the difficulties of aligning ethical desiderata with the realities of policy implementation. It is based on a lecture delivered at a conference on the "Ethical Aspects of Nuclear Deterrence" organized by the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik.

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