Accession Number:

ADA031679

Title:

The Changing Roles for Theater Nuclear Forces.

Descriptive Note:

Military issues research memo.,

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-10-06

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

Strategic parity required NATO to rely to a greater degree than in the past on its conventional forces to deter and defend against conventional aggression and to depend more than previously upon its theater nuclear forces to deter and defend against the enemys use of nuclear weapons in Europe. The implications of strategic parity suggest that the principal mission for NATOs theater nuclear forces should change in the future from maintaining a war-fighting capability to establishing a second-strike capability. This fundamental shift in posture can be achieved only if NATOs theater nuclear forces become less vulnerable than they are in their present configuration. The need for NATO to have a survivable second-strike nuclear capability might be satisfied with the formation of separate, overwatching, nuclear-only units, such as US Army Missile Commands.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE