Accession Number:

ADA093111

Title:

Tactical Nuclear Operations: the Doctrinal Dilemma

Descriptive Note:

Research study

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

78.0

Abstract:

The situation surrounding tactical nuclear weapons use is one affected by a great number of vital factors. The most basic is the doctrinal foundation upon which all tactical nuclear operations are built. U.S. nuclear deterrent credibility rests on how effective that doctrine is in convincing the enemy of the will to employ it as viable strategy on the battlefield. This study discusses the basics of tactical nuclear operations--the balance in weapons systems, the authors deterrence analysis and his conclusions and recommendations. The final recommendation suggests a new theater nuclear doctrinal statement be established which is explicit, direct and above all, one which reflects the national will.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Nuclear Warfare
  • Guided Missile Warheads and Fuzes

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE