The Consensus Undermined

  • Lawrence Freedman


The strategic debates of the 1970s in the United States could not be restricted to a qualified few, versed in the mysteries of the atom and informed through the most secret sources. The debate was noisy, even cacophonous, and frequently linked to wider issues, such as Presidential elections and the struggle to establish the demarcation line between executive and legislative spheres of competence, and embracing all parts of the political system.


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  1. 10.
    Donald Brennan, ‘The case for population defense’, in Johan Holst and William Schneider (eds.), Why ABM? (New York: Pergamon Press, 1969).Google Scholar
  2. 13.
    On this see Yehezkel Dror, Crazy States: A Counter-conventional Strategic Problem (Lexington, Mass.: D. C. Heath, 1971).Google Scholar
  3. 15.
    Herbert York, ‘Reducing the overkill’, Survival, xvt:2 (March/April 1974).Google Scholar
  4. 16.
    Wolfgang Panofsky, ‘The Mutual-Hostage Relationship Between America and Russia’, Foreign Affairs, t,n:1 (October 1973).Google Scholar
  5. 23.
    Bernard Brodie, ‘On the objectives of arms control’, International Security t:! (Summer 1976), pp. 17–36.Google Scholar

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