TITLE

RETHINKING ARMS CONTROL

AUTHOR(S)
Bertram, Christoph
PUB. DATE
December 1980
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Winter80/81, Vol. 59 Issue 2, p352
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the need for the reformulation of arms control policies by several countries. Arms control is in crisis for more fundamental reasons: the international environment does not now seem to lend itself to serious compromise; current and future strategic concerns seem to find too little reflection in the present arms control approach; and the tools for controlling arms, for limiting forces, and for military options seem in themselves no longer adequate to the job. It is possible to see, both in the United States and the Soviet Union, a willingness to sit down and negotiate; but it is much harder to discern a readiness to make the kind of concessions that agreement requires. More important, the hope that to limit military competition one only needs to limit the numbers of specific weapon systems has been profoundly disappointed. Short-term concerns dominate much of the nuclear strategic debate. The vulnerability of land-based systems is seen by many as the major challenge to strategic stability as traditionally defined, and the new mobile MX missile, possibly together with some active defenses, is seen as the answer to the problem: once the gap is filled, invulnerability will be restored.
ACCESSION #
4851101

 

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