The Technological Arms Race

  • Lawrence FreedmanEmail author
  • Jeffrey Michaels


Those who had warned throughout the 1950s that persistent Western nuclear superiority was a dangerous illusion saw Sputnik and the evident growth of Soviet nuclear capabilities as doing no more than confirming expectations. The folly of a strategy of massive retaliation was even more evident. Proponents of limited war felt their case to be strengthened.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Defence StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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