Accession Number:

ADA166163

Title:

West European and East Asian Perspectives on Defense, Deterrence and Strategy. Volume 2. Western European Perspectives on Defense, Deterrence and Strategy.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. 1 Dec 82-15 May 84,

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS INC CAMBRIDGE MA

Report Date:

1984-05-16

Pagination or Media Count:

236.0

Abstract:

A survey of contemporary West European perspectives on defense, deterrence, and strategy, with special emphasis on the role of nuclear weapons deployed in, or assigned to, the NATO area. Changes have occurred during the past decade in the relative military strength of NATO and the Warsaw Pact, particularly as a result of the substantial growth in Soviet nuclear-capable systems and conventional forces assigned to Europe, and the momentum manifested by the Soviet Union in its deployments of intercontinental ballistic missiles. There has also been a substantial shift in West European thinking and attitudes about security and strategy. Together, these trends have created a need to reassess the posture of NATO forces generally, and especially nuclear weapons, both in a broader Euro-strategic framework and on the Central Front in the 1980s. The survey is on such issues as the future of the British and French national strategic nuclear forces the role of the U.S.-strategic nuclear forces in the deterrence of conflict in Europe the prospects of raising the nuclear threshold by the deployment of new conventional technologies the impact of strategic defense initiatives on U.S.-NATO security and the modernization of NATO intermediate-range nuclear capabilities, especially in light of the continuing deployment of the Soviet Union of new generation Euro-strategic forces targeted against Western Europe.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE