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This paper considers what would happen to the global strategic balance if nuclear weapons were eliminated. The author discusses such issues as the budget impact of developing conventional deterrence; the possibility of a technological solution to the problems of NATO defense; the risks associated with achieving a nonnuclear world; and problems of treaty violations. The author suggests that elimination of nuclear weapons by the year 2000 would have an adverse effect on the U.S. strategic position, and that a nonnuclear world would be a less stable one.

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