Improving the Means for Intergovernmental Communications in Crisis

by Dale M. Landi, Bruno Augenstein, Cullen M. Crain, William R. Harris, Brian Michael Jenkins


Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 1.8 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback42 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

This report summarizes assessments of potential bilateral and multilateral measures for enhancing superpower stability in times of nuclear crisis. Existing means for communication between the American and Soviet heads of state are less than adequate and could be substantially improved. Improved means for direct communication between the American and Soviet heads of state are not sufficient; the Hot Line should be supplemented by a link connecting the military command centers of the United States and the Soviet Union, and by improved links connecting each nation's capital with its embassy in the other's capital. Improved bilateral communication links between the United States and the Soviet Union are, by themselves, not sufficient; other countries should be interconnected with comparable systems. The United States should seek an agreement among nations to exchange information in the event of a nuclear crisis involving terrorist groups.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.