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Title: Low road to arms control

Abstract

In the absence of a strong presidential push for a meaningful agreement, the bureaucratic consensus-seeking process leading up to a US-Soviet summit can degenerate into a search for a least-common denominator that omits or otherwise protects each bureaucracy's sacred cows. Confusion among the agencies was the result of Reagan's signals that he would like to continue the arms build up at the same time he was publicly stating support for negotiations. This confusion leaves the administration's arms control policy-making in a state of contradiction, hyperbole, and bad faith. The author applies this appraisal to policies involving the Strategic Defense Initiative.

Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6445876
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OSTI ID: 6445876
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Bull. At. Sci.; (United States); Journal Volume: 41:11
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; ARMS CONTROL; INTERAGENCY COOPERATION; POLITICAL ASPECTS; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE; DECISION MAKING; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS; AGREEMENTS; COOPERATION; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; NATIONAL DEFENSE; WEAPONS 290600* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Nuclear Energy; 293000 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Policy, Legislation, & Regulation

Citation Formats

Paine, C. Low road to arms control. United States: N. p., 1985. Web.
Paine, C. Low road to arms control. United States.
Paine, C. Sun . "Low road to arms control". United States.
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abstractNote = {In the absence of a strong presidential push for a meaningful agreement, the bureaucratic consensus-seeking process leading up to a US-Soviet summit can degenerate into a search for a least-common denominator that omits or otherwise protects each bureaucracy's sacred cows. Confusion among the agencies was the result of Reagan's signals that he would like to continue the arms build up at the same time he was publicly stating support for negotiations. This confusion leaves the administration's arms control policy-making in a state of contradiction, hyperbole, and bad faith. The author applies this appraisal to policies involving the Strategic Defense Initiative.},
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journal = {Bull. At. Sci.; (United States)},
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year = {Sun Dec 01 00:00:00 EST 1985},
month = {Sun Dec 01 00:00:00 EST 1985}
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