TITLE

CONTROL OF NUCLEAR STRATEGY

AUTHOR(S)
Slessor, Sir John
PUB. DATE
October 1963
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Oct63, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p96
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses a politically acceptable and militarily sensible solution to the problem of how to give all the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies a share in a common responsibility for defense of the West in the nuclear age. To have understanding of the definition of "control of nuclear strategy," it is necessary first to define two other terms which are bandied about, often without any clear conception of what they really mean, namely, the word "Deterrent" and the word "Independent" in connection with the policy of deterrence. The only valid definition of the "Deterrent" is the military means by which the Western Alliance can pursue its own international policies, free from the fear of external attack or internal subversion by Soviet Union--in other words, the military posture and total armed strength of the NATO powers. "Independence" in connection with the policy of "Deterrence"--is more easy to define since, if it means anything, it means exactly what it says. The major practical issue in relation to control of nuclear strategy and the one which has caused and is causing strains within the Western Alliance is the insistence by the United States that the decision as to the use of nuclear weapons, which basically means the decision whether or not to go to war, must rest with the President of the United States, subject only to a somewhat tenuous agreement with the British Government.
ACCESSION #
14718183

 

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