Crisis, Stability and Nuclear War

Crisis, Stability and Nuclear War

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This study depicts the currents that would be set in motion by a severe superpowers crisis, which might then carry the world to nuclear war. Written by a group of strategic analysts, scientists, and military officers who have held high-level nuclear commands, it examines the extent to which the superpowers' command organizations could maintain control over such a chain of events. In assessing the risks of nuclear war, the general public and national governments have largely focused on the shape and size of nuclear arsenals. The authors argue that this is a misplaced emphasis - that the ability of command organizations to perform their complex tasks while under stress in a rapidly shifting scene, and even in the face of direct attack, is of paramount importance.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 367 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 30.48mm | 544.31g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • figures, tables
  • 0195051475
  • 9780195051476

Table of contents

PART I. THE STRATEGIC SETTING: Introduction; The strategic setting; Historical prologue; The evolution of Western nuclear capabilities; American strategic options; U.S. Command improvements and Command vulnerability; The evolution of Soviet forces, strategy and command; PART II. CRISIS STABILITY: Preamble; Post-Hiroshima crises; Potential arenas for crisis and conflict; Crisis phenomena and sources of instability; Technical developments and arms control; Glossaryshow more

About Kurt Gottfried

About the Editors: Kurt Gottfried, Professor of Physics and Nuclear Studies at Cornell University, has written extensively on satellite and ballistic missile defense and testified before the House and Senate on these issues. Bruce G. Blair, a defense analyst at the Brookings Institution, is author of Strategic Command and Control: Redefining the Nuclear Threat, which received the 1986 Edgar S. Furniss Award for Exceptional Book on National Security.show more