Accession Number:

ADA096335

Title:

Domestic Determinants of American Strategic Nuclear Doctrine: 1965-1980.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

121.0

Abstract:

This thesis examines the hypothesis that American strategic nuclear doctrine since 1965 has been significantly influenced by multiple domestic variables. This analysis begins with an examination of the changes in American strategic doctrine, as expressed in the Secretary of Defenses annual statement, between 1965-1980. The relationships which precipitated these changes are explored in terms of the following domestic variables 1 American perceptions of the Soviet threat 2 Strategic weapons systems development 3 American public opinion, 4 The personalities of key American policy-makers and 5 The Vietnam War. Because of the complex inter-relationship between these variables, the modification of strategic doctrine can be accomplished only incrementally and thus rapid doctrinal change is virtually beyond the control of grand strategists. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE