Ready--But Not Eager

Wermuth, Anthony L.
September 1956
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Sep1956, Vol. 12 Issue 7, p278
The author comments on eagerness of the U.S. to use a complete spectrum of atomic weapons. According to the author, failure to develop organizations and techniques to minimize the enemy's use of such weapons and maximize the country's use will invite aggressor to reverse the process. The country must be ready before a test comes. However, this does not mean that the people should advocate the use of atomic weapons or commit irrevocably to using them. The author added that the real advantage of using atomic weapons is their power of saturation and complete devastation of large areas. He encourages with urgency the development of atomic weapons to make it available when the country needs to use them.


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