Accession Number:

ADA282124

Title:

Nuclear Deposturing and U.S. Public Opinion. Taking the People's Views Into Account

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-04-12

Pagination or Media Count:

52.0

Abstract:

USSTRATCOM is currently developing a rational framework for evaluating deposturing alternatives that range from distancing the nuclear football from the President to storing land-based ICBMs away from their soils. One of the areas that may be considered by USSTRATCOM when evaluating these alternatives is the political feasibility of implementing different alternatives. An important determinant of this political feasibility is domestic public opinion, as it can encourage or constrain the actions of the elected officials who are directly accountable to the people. This Policy Analysis Exercise helps USSTRATCOM take public opinion into account in the analysis by considering the views that U.S. citizens hold on defense issues and recommending how these views should be included in the evaluation of different deposturing measures.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE