Posts Tagged: nuclear deterrence
As a principle and practice, deterrence existed long before nuclear weapons.
Israeli leaders constantly imagine themselves in the shoes of their Iranian counterparts and invariably conclude that it is only rational for the Islamic Republic to acquire the bomb.
Missile defense drives other states to build their nuclear-weapons arsenals, but depletes the United States’s own missile stockpile because its inaccuracy necessitates launching a hail of interceptors.
To concerns about human error in nuclear launch control add moodiness.
Nuke "option" in response to a cyberattack, the UN Temperance League.
Historian Ward Wilson pokes holes in the mythology of nuclear weapons.
"Virtual deterrence" may sound like a step in the right direction to disarmament advocates, but it could actually grease the skids to nuclear war.