The Balance of Arms

Scoville Jr., Herbert
March 1974
New Republic;3/30/74, Vol. 170 Issue 13, p11
Focuses on the strategy of the U.S. government to counter the strategic nuclear weapons program of the Soviet Union. Improvement of the accuracy and explosive power yield of intercontinental ballistic missiles; Reduction of the collateral damage; Stability of the global nuclear arms race; View that the two countries could agree to phase out gradually their vulnerable intercontinental ballistic missiles systems; Abrogation of the ABM treaty by both the sides in reference to the missile defense; Fact that the U.S. administration seems to have had trouble reaching an agreed position on these matters for the SALT negotiations; Restriction on modernization that could be useful, either in conjunction with reductions or by themselves; Statement that SALT II offers a number of possibilities for stabilizing the strategic balance.


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