Towards a New Strategic Concept for NATO
To argue that the risks associated with a non-nuclear defence policy are relatively greater than those posed by current defence policies is not to argue for the status quo. Certainly there is room for improvement in both British defence policy and NATO strategy. The kind of changes which will be recommended below will not eradicate the risks of nuclear war completely. Nuclear weapons cannot be disinvented and risks of one kind or another are inevitable in the kind of nuclear world of which we are a part and from which there is no escape. What can be done however, is to shift British and Alliance strategy relatively away from their present nuclear biases towards a more credible conventional response. Nuclear weapons would still have a role in deterring nuclear threats but the emphasis would be very much on improving conventional capabilities.
KeywordsNuclear Weapon Flexible Response Ballistic Missile Cruise Missile Alliance Strategy
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