TITLE

Strategic Build-Down: A Context for Restraint

AUTHOR(S)
Frye, Alton
PUB. DATE
December 1983
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Winter83/84, Vol. 62 Issue 2, p293
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses prospects of build-down strategy to control international competition in development and deployment of nuclear weapons. In essence the build-down principle says that no new weapons should be deployed unless a larger number of existing weapons are destroyed. Conceived and refined over the last two years, the build-down seeks to apply a relatively simple principle to the complex realities of international competition in the development and deployment of weapons. The concept has aroused interest initially as a novel scheme to dampen the continuing expansion of Soviet and American strategic nuclear forces, but it could have broader applicability. After months of intricate political dialogue with a congressional coalition led by Senators William Cohen (R.-Maine) and Sam Nunn (D.-Georgia), President Reagan adopted the build-down principle in October 1983 as a basic element in the U.S. proposals at the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks in Geneva. Previously, the United States had concentrated on schemes to restructure the current Soviet forces, demanding not only that total missile warheads be cut to 5,000 on each side, but that the Soviets phase out large numbers of their biggest missiles.
ACCESSION #
5618023

 

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