Nuclear weapons are here to stay. They have survived into the
twenty-first century as instruments of influence for the US,
Russia, and other major military powers. But, unlike the Cold War
era, future nuclear forces will be developed and deployed within a
digital-driven world of enhanced conventional weapons. As such,
established nuclear powers will have smaller numbers of nuclear
weapons for the purpose of deterrence working in parallel with
smarter conventional weapons and elite military personnel. The
challenge is to agree proportional reductions in nuclear
inventories or abstinence requiring an effective nonproliferation
regime to contain aspiring or threshold nuclear weapons states.
This is the most comprehensive view of nuclear weapons policy and
strategy currently available. The author's division of the nuclear
issue into the three ages is a never seen before analytical
construct. With President Obama reelected, the reduction and even
elimination of nuclear weapons will now rise to the top of the
agenda once more. Moreover, given the likelihood of reductions in
US defense spending, the subject of the triad, which is covered in
Chapter One, will no doubt be an important subject of debate, as
will the issue of missile defense, covered in Chapter 10. This book
provides an excellent analysis of the spread of nuclear weapons in
Asia and the Middle East and the potential dangers of a North
Korean or Iranian breakout, subjects that dominate current policy
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Stephen J Cimbala
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