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Arms for Uncertainty by Stephen J. CimbalaNuclear 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 debates.
Call Number: 327.1747 C573a
Publication Date: 2013-10-04
The Long Shadow by Muthiah Alagappa (Editor)The Long Shadow is the first comprehensive, systematic examination of the roles and implications of nuclear weapons in the dramatically different post-Cold War security environment. Leading experts investigate the roles and salience of nuclear weapons in the national security strategies of twelve countries and the ASEAN states, and their implications for security and stability in a broadly defined Asian security region that includes the Middle East. The study also investigates the prospects for nuclear terrorism in Asia. A chief conclusion of the study is that nuclear weapons influence national security strategies in fundamental ways and that deterrence continues to be the dominant role and strategy for the employment of nuclear weapons. Offensive and defensive strategies may increase in salience but will not surpass the deterrence function. Another major conclusion is that although there could be destabilizing situations, on balance, nuclear weapons have reinforced security and stability in the Asian security region by assuaging national security concerns, strengthening deterrence and the status quo, and preventing the outbreak and escalation of major hostilities. As nuclear weapons will persist and cast a long shadow on security in Asia and the world, it is important to reexamine and redefine "old" ideas, concepts, and strategies as well as develop "new" ones relevant to the contemporary era. In line with this, the global nuclear order should be constructed anew based on present realities.
Call Number: 355.0217095 L848 2008
Publication Date: 2008-08-18
Nuclear Deterrence in a Multipolar World by Stephen J. CimbalaThe view that America and Russia have burned their candles on security cooperation with respect to nuclear weapons is simply mistaken. This timely study identifies twelve themes or issue areas that must be addressed by the United States and Russia if they are to provide shared, successful leadership in the management of nuclear world order. This book stands apart from some of its predecessors in the following ways. First, it argues against prevailing pessimism that nuclear nonproliferation is necessarily headed for the dustbin of history. Second, it combines policy studies with quantitative analysis and modeling in order to nail down some important arguments about realistic options for nuclear arms reductions and for Limiting nuclear weapons spread. Third, it challenges current orthodoxy on the relationship between nuclear deterrence and cyberwar. Designed as supplementary reading in upper division and graduate courses in national security policy, defense, and nuclear arms control, it is also suitable for courses taught at military staff and command colleges and/or war colleges. Book jacket.
Call Number: 355.0217 C573n 2019
Publication Date: 2019-07-29
Nuclear Deterrence in Europe by James T. Quinlivan; Olga OlikerThrough a variety of policies and actions--and most recently in a new military doctrine adopted in February 2010--Russia has indicated the types of situations and threats that might cause it to resort to using nuclear weapons. This volume examines Russia's evolving framework for nuclear deterrence and its implications for U.S. military operations in Europe.
The Challenge of Russia's Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons
Despite a renewal in the bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue, the “trades” involved in attempting to limit the class of NSNW applicable to the air-superiority issue would be highly asymmetric and would involve weapons on each side that are regarded as fundamental defensive capabilities by their holders and as highly threatening by the other side.
The Effects of Nuclear War
This assessment was made in response to a request from the Senate
Committee on Foreign Relations to examine the effects of nuclear war on the
populations and economies of the United States and the Soviet Union. It is
intended, in the terms of the Committee’s request, to “put what have been
abstract measures of strategic power into more comprehensible terms. ”
Nuclear War as a Global Catastrophic Risk
Nuclear war is clearly a global catastrophic risk, but it is not an existential risk as is sometimes carelessly claimed. Unfortunately, the consequence and likelihood components of the risk of nuclear war are both highly uncertain. In particular, for nuclear wars that include targeting of multiple cities, nuclear winter may result in more fatalities across the globe than the better-understood effects of blast, prompt radiation, and fallout. Electromagnetic pulse effects, which could range from minor electrical disturbances to the complete collapse of the electric grid, are similarly highly uncertain. Nuclear war likelihood assessments are largely based on intuition, and they span the spectrum from zero to certainty.
Russia's New Nuclear Weapon Delivery Systems
About the Nuclear Threat Initiative
The Nuclear Threat Initiative works to protect our lives, environment, and quality of life now and
for future generations. We work to prevent catastrophic attacks with weapons of mass destruction
and disruption (WMDD)—nuclear, biological, radiological, chemical, and cyber.