Strategic Nuclear Parity and NATO Defense Doctrine
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC RESEARCH DIRECTORATE
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In his concisely written analysis, LTC Burrell investigates the evolution of NATOs defense strategy as it responds to changes in the US-Soviet nuclear relationship. The rise of the Soviet Union to strategic parity has been the underlying cause of the fundamental reformulations of NATO doctrine over the past 25 years. The monograph describes the movement of the defense doctrine of the Western Alliance as it changed from massive retaliation during the Eisenhower-Dulles period in the 1950s, to flexible response in the 1960s, into the current debate over deterrence and defense through conventional and tactical nuclear capability. Students of NATO doctrine will find an extensive list of books and articles dealing with the evolution of NATOs defense strategy in the Endnotes section.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics