The Future of U.S. Nuclear Weapons in a Restructured World
The upheavals in the internal politics and in the international role of the former USSR have already profoundly changed the threats against which the United States and the West, generally, must make their security arrangements, and, particularly, their plans for nuclear forces. Changes in the USSR and in its role in central Europe are erasing both the general American-Soviet confrontation from which nuclear war could have emerged and the more specific threat of a sudden armor-led Soviet assault on Western Europe that could have posed for the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) the choice of defeat or quick nuclear escalation.
KeywordsNuclear Weapon Force Level Nuclear Force Military Force North Atlantic Treaty Organization
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