Accession Number:

ADA148776

Title:

Proliferation of Small Nuclear Forces.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

GEORGETOWN UNIV WASHINGTON DC CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-04-30

Pagination or Media Count:

140.0

Abstract:

The objective of this study is to identify and assess the implications of the proliferation of nuclear forces in the Middle East and South Asia for U.S. security interests, policies, and planning. To fulfill this objective, this study seeks to 1 Project the potential size and capabilities of local nuclear forces, and define the spectrum of threats that such forces could pose to the security interests of the U.S. and of other important actors, both in this region and elsewhere 2 Assess the probable impact of proliferating nuclear forces on international stability, military balances, the character of conflict, arms control issues, conventional arms competition and U.S. forces 3 Assess how new nuclear powers will behave and how their neighbors and other nuclear powers will react 4 Assess Soviet perception and response 5 Identify the likely patterns and outcomes of nuclear and other military interaction, including perceptions, use of leverage, employment of force, conflict escalation, nuclear warfare, and crisis management, within and beyond the region of concern 6 Discuss the implications for U.S. defense policy and planning, indicating areas in which future preparation or decisions may be called for.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE