U.S. Nuclear Strategy for the Post-Cold War Era

Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 1994. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Trade paperback. xvii, [1], 83, [3] pages. Footnotes. Tables. Figure. Cover has slight wear and soiling. Glenn Buchan was the Associate Program Director for C3I/Space systems in Project AIR FORCE. He joined RAND as a research staff member in the Defense Planning and Analysis Department in 1984. His research has spanned a wide range of defense topics. In the area of strategic and nuclear planning, he has constructed war plans and evaluated force interactions, studied arms control verification issues and implications of various weapon systems on arms control, and analyzed Soviet strategy. His research has also focused on nuclear and conventional uses of heavy bombers. He led a major RAND study on the future structure of the U.S. heavy bomber force, focusing heavily on a range of potential applications for the B-2 bomber. The dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact mandates fundamentally rethinking the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. military and foreign policy. This monograph represents a prescriptive and judgmental examination of U.S. options for revising its nuclear strategy and force structure in the post-Cold War era. The author argues that the United States should become less dependent upon nuclear weapons as instruments of policy. The challenge is to encourage nuclear forces to "wither away" while maintaining nuclear capability should the need arise. This study begins with a discussion of U.S. foreign policy objectives and how nuclear weapons are likely to fit in. It then focuses on the various "nuclear futures" that could evolve and how the United States ought to operate and employ nuclear forces in the future. Finally, it discusses the kind of nuclear forces the U.S. ought to maintain for the foreseeable future and how its overall nuclear strategy should develop. Condition: Very good.

Keywords: Nuclear Strategy, Nuclear Weapons, Post-Cold War, Military Power, Nuclear Proliferation, Regional Conflict, India-Pakistan, Terrorism, Nuclear Powers, Strategic Signaling, Nuclear Forces, Conventional Weapons, Active Defenses, Nuclear Targeting, Forc

ISBN: 0833015311

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