Accession Number:

ADA137990

Title:

French Nuclear Forces in the 1980s and 1990s

Descriptive Note:

Professional paper

Corporate Author:

CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA NAVAL STUDIES GROUP

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

43.0

Abstract:

The author concludes that the French are engaging in a significant nuclear modernization program. They are increasing the numbers of targets which can be covered on Soviet territory. The nature of targets covered on the European battlefield are changing as well. They are building a force structure potentially more in tune with West German interests and an extended deterrence capability. The Soviets are already noting these changes and it is to be hypothesized that their warfighting approaches and arms control policies will be increasingly affected by them. The French nuclear forces, thus, will become a more significant factor in Soviet calculations toward Europe in the next decade.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Guided Missile Warheads and Fuzes

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE