Counterforce Deadlock: Are Arms Control Agreements Still Possible?
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ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The collapse of INF, START, and MBFR talks in December 1983 brought arms control negotiations to a complete stop and injected a chill into relations between the superpowers. In examining the record of talks, the author finds that previous SALT talks had been motivated by a desire to put caps on the other sides force development, in an effort to simplify its own budget planning. Destabilizing technologies in pursuit of counterforce strategies are increasingly making treaty verification uncertain. With both the U.S. and Soviet Union determined to make significant reductions in intercontinental and theater nuclear forces, a new perspective must be found to structure the talks. The author proposes a minimum countervalue posture providing both sides security needs. A review of negotiating problems concludes this paper.
- Government and Political Science