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Title: Nuclear weapons in the 1980s: MAD versus NUTS. Mutual hostage relationship of the superpowers

Abstract

Critics of the strategic relationship of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) developed during the 1960s claim it immorally holds entire civilian populations hostage. Some advocate the Nuclear Utilization Target Selection (NUTS) concept, while others argue for a defense-oriented military posture. The interrelationships of these concepts are examined against the background of stockpiled nuclear weapons capable of massive devastation, the technical limits to defense, and the uncertainty that a nuclear war could be controlled. The evidence shows that a MAD world prevails despite NUTS proposals, which may have increased the danger by giving nuclear war the illusion of acceptability. (DCK)

Authors:
;
Research Org.:
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC
OSTI Identifier:
5926170
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 5926170
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Foreign Aff.; (United States); Journal Volume: 60:2
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS; WARFARE; CIVIL DEFENSE; NATIONAL DEFENSE; WEAPONS 290600* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Nuclear Energy; 990500 -- Civilian Defense-- (-1987)

Citation Formats

Keeny, S.M. Jr., and Panofsky, W.K.H. Nuclear weapons in the 1980s: MAD versus NUTS. Mutual hostage relationship of the superpowers. United States: N. p., Web.
Keeny, S.M. Jr., & Panofsky, W.K.H. Nuclear weapons in the 1980s: MAD versus NUTS. Mutual hostage relationship of the superpowers. United States.
Keeny, S.M. Jr., and Panofsky, W.K.H. . "Nuclear weapons in the 1980s: MAD versus NUTS. Mutual hostage relationship of the superpowers". United States.
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abstractNote = {Critics of the strategic relationship of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) developed during the 1960s claim it immorally holds entire civilian populations hostage. Some advocate the Nuclear Utilization Target Selection (NUTS) concept, while others argue for a defense-oriented military posture. The interrelationships of these concepts are examined against the background of stockpiled nuclear weapons capable of massive devastation, the technical limits to defense, and the uncertainty that a nuclear war could be controlled. The evidence shows that a MAD world prevails despite NUTS proposals, which may have increased the danger by giving nuclear war the illusion of acceptability. (DCK)},
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