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Strategic Conflict Without Nuclear Weapons

Published 1983

by Carl H. Builder


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The thesis of this report is that nuclear-armed states in conflict will increasingly have both the incentives and the means for attacking an enemy's sources of power without resorting to nuclear weapons. That thesis is developed by examining trends in the destructiveness of current nuclear arsenals, the vulnerabilities of modern societies, the pace of warfare, and the available technologies for nonnuclear weaponry. Separate chapters address the technical feasibility, the military significance and utility, and the policy implications of nonnuclear weapons as replacements for nuclear weapons in pursuit of most strategic objectives in a conflict. The author finds that even contemplating strategic conflicts without nuclear weapons is an effective way to expose weaknesses and lapses in current arms control and alliance policies.

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