The Utility of Tactical Nuclear Weapons Following 1990 Conventional Forces Europe Reduction Agreement
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Not so long ago, the world was changing rapidly, the Cold War faded. At least one arms agreement, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces INF Treaty, which reduced the U.S. Pershing II and the Russian SS-21s missiles in the European theater, was in place. Then the euphoria evaporated. The Kremlin hardliners regained power and balked at signing a Conventional Forces Europe CFE agreement - a treaty which only a year ago would have reduced to approximate parity the size of United States and Soviet Forces in Europe. Was America ready for this new Soviet challenge Thankfully the answer is still yes. The United States continues to maintain its Nuclear Triad -- land, sea and air deliverable nuclear weapons systems. On the European battlefield the U.S. maintains the ability to deliver tactical nuclear weapons to overcome the Russian Armys numerical advantage and remain responsive to the ground commander. All of this should give Kremlin hardliners strict communist power brokers, primarily in the military and KGB reason to pause. Given the reemergence of hostile Soviet leaders, this paper addresses the future need for land based Theater Army delivered tactical nuclear weapons in the European Theater and within Regional Theaters. It also, analyzes regional powers, indicating how they might influence nuclear strategy in a world where the Soviet Union may well be moving away from us again.
- Nuclear Warfare