Operational Nuclear Strategy

  • Lawrence FreedmanEmail author
  • Jeffrey Michaels


For all the many discussions of the big issues of nuclear strategy at the highest levels of policy, in think-tank reports and academic treatises, the only nuclear strategy that would matter in practice was the one constructed at the USAF’s Strategic Air Command (SAC) headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. In March 1956, the NSC concluded that nuclear weapons would be ‘used in general war and in military operations short of general war as authorized by the President’. Preventive war was still rejected as policy, but it did recognize the need for pre-authorization for use for certain contingencies.

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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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