Accession Number:

ADA021816

Title:

Viability of a Tactical Nuclear Defense for NATO.

Descriptive Note:

Student essay,

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1975-10-10

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

The basic question is whether or not reliance, by the US and NATO, on a tactical nuclear defense is realistic. Past, current and potential doctrine and policy are examined. Data was gathered using a literature search. The tremendous numbers of tactical nuclear weapons available to both NATO and the Warsaw Pact, the consequences of employment of these weapons, and the alternatives to their use indicate that the value of tactical nuclear weapons lies in their continued presence as a deterrent force. The implications, domestic and international, inherent in the final decision to employ tactical nucelar weapons and the ramifications of control after initial use have led to the apparent unclear nuclear employment policy of NATO. AUthor

Subject Categories:

  • Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE