Minimum Deterrence and its Critics
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Three things came to mind while writing Remembrance of Things Past The Enduring Value of Nuclear Weapons.1 First, the intent was to reinvigorate debate within the policy-making community regarding nuclear weapons second, to introduce the idea of minimum deterrence2 and third, to sketch out a force structure suitable for the United States to achieve minimum deterrence. Judging from the attention the article received, we were successful in our first bid, less successful in the second, and largely unsuccessful in our third.3 Before addressing our critics, it is important to clarify the meaning of minimum deterrence and specify how the number 311 was derived.
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