Accession Number : ADA283932


Title :   Command and Control in New Nuclear States: Implications for Stability


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Foley, David C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a283932.pdf


Report Date : Jun 1994


Pagination or Media Count : 94


Abstract : Command and control systems of new nuclear states are likely to fail when placed under stress. This thesis will demonstrate that such failures can dramatically affect regional or international stability. Describing the current argument over the consequences of nuclear proliferation between proliferation pessimists and deterrence optimists, this thesis shows how C2 is in fact the crux of the debate. This thesis develops an analytical tool that may be applied to new nuclear states in order to classify their C2 systems and to predict when and how these evolving systems might fail. To show the tool's usefulness, it is applied to Ukraine, an important new nuclear state. This thesis also suggests several implications for U.S. foreign policy. Nuclear weapons, Command and control, Proliferation, Arms control, Regional stability, Russia, United States, Ukraine, Nuclear capabilities, U.S. Security policy.


Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION , *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS , *ARMS CONTROL , NUCLEAR WEAPONS , FOREIGN POLICY , USSR , STABILITY , NATIONAL SECURITY , INTERNATIONAL POLITICS , THREAT EVALUATION , STRATEGIC ANALYSIS , COMPARISON , VULNERABILITY , FAILURE , THESES , CASE STUDIES


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Nuclear Warfare
      Command, Control and Communications Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE