US Thinking About Arms Competition and Arms Control

  • Gloria Duffy


Since 1945, the dominant American approach to strategic arms control has been neo-Clausewitzian. That is, to paraphrase the early nineteenth-century German military strategist, arms control has been regarded as an extension of politics by other, negotiated means. Arms control has been seen as useful to the US chiefly as an avenue for restraining the Soviet Union, without hampering the US ability to effectively pursue the military competition, rather than as a means for constraining the arms race.


Nuclear Weapon Bargaining Chip Soviet Force Strategic Force Strategic Thinker 
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