Could a Nuclear Arms Freeze be Negotiated?
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The nuclear arms freeze initiatives on many state and local ballots this fall have stimulated quite a debate on U.S. nuclear policy. Most people who vote for a freeze are urging an immediate stop to pertinent strategic force activities of all types. Their opponents, for the most part, believe that modernization of the U.S. posture will improve our security situation over the long run by compelling the Soviets to make a more serious commitment to arms reduction and by allowing us to eliminate dangerous and perhaps provocative vulnerabilities in our arsenal. Thus, most freeze opponents are calling for eventual quantitative force reductions within a treaty regime that still allows for an as yet undetermined degree of qualitative force structure enhancement. Each voter must decide for himself what the long-term consequences would be of options foregone or retained in the present. But all questions of principle and all estimates of risks aside, the freeze ground-swell has some very serious political implications.
- Government and Political Science