Kissinger, Henry A.
July 1960
Foreign Affairs;Jul1960, Vol. 38 Issue 4, p557
Academic Journal
The article reports on international diplomacy regarding disarmament, inspection, surprise attack, etc. In the era of call conventional weapons, the force-in-being was not nearly so significant as the industrial potential and the mobilization base. Since surprise was not so crucial, and since victory could generally be achieved only through a prolonged mobilization of resources after a war had started, the contribution which arms control might make to stability seemed marginal. The forces-in-being are almost surely decisive--at least in all-out war. A major cause of instability is the very rate of technological change. No country can protect itself against all the technological possibilities increasingly open to its opponents. The fear of a momentary weakness is compounded by the dangers of being surprised. As long as the retaliatory forces are composed primarily of liquid-fuel missiles and airplanes as they will be until the middle sixties--the side which strikes first will have a perhaps decisive advantage unless the defender's retaliatory force is in a state of high readiness.


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