Accession Number:

ADA229132

Title:

Qualitative Arms Control: The Case of Laser Weapons

Descriptive Note:

Rept. for May 1989-Jun 1990,

Corporate Author:

LETTERMAN ARMY INST OF RESEARCH PRESIDIO OF SAN FRANCISCO CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-09-11

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

One type of arms control agreement limits the possession or use of specific kinds of weapons--such agreements are called qualitative arms control. Placing numerical limits on arsenals is more common quantitive arms control. This paper examines the history of qualitative arms control in the twentieth century, and discusses some theoretical analyses of the conditions necessary for successful arms control negotiations. Laser weapons, which are emerging as a matter of international concern, are discussed in light of the general principles that arise from consideration of the theoretical issues in arms control. Of particular concern are the need for mutual interest in reaching agreement among the parties to arms control negotiations, and the achievement of parity. The achievement of international control of laser weapons is not likely to succeed soon, because the conditions necessary for effective negotiation have not been met. MM

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Directed Energy Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE