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By Robert Neild (auth.)

By a similar writer as "The Foundations of protecting Defence", this e-book seems to be on the impact of approach at the fulfillment of peace in a nuclear age. themes are approached from a political, a nuclear, and a sub-nuclear point. the current place, and its old history also are examined.

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In short, qualitative change in the direction of defensiveness is the way to stability, favourable feedback and arms reductions; and vice versa. e. it will produce mutual defensive superiority. Thus suppose country A replaces forces that have a strong offensive capability with forces that have a strong defensive capability, whilst country B keeps its forces unchanged. ) The same arguments of course apply if we start from positions other than balanced all-round forces. e. 'all-round' superiority, so that it has its opponent at its mercy.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS ONLY We shall start by considering two neighbouring countries that possess nuclear weapons only. We shall assume that each has sufficient invulnerable nuclear weapons to be able to annihilate the other: we are in a nuclear setting with no non-nuclear weapons. We shall make the strong, worst-case assumptions, common to most reasoning about nuclear strategy, that the other side is relentlessly hostile and so are you; that you seek to intimidate him so as to stop him from seeking to make gains, often of an unspecified nature, by challenging and testing your will to retaliate; and you seek to make gains from him.

Since the forces chosen for defensive capability will still have some offensive capability, the forces that country A needs to achieve defensive superiority over the combined forces of Band C may, for example, have offensive superiority over B alone and perhaps C alone. If so, Mutual Defensive Superiority, and hence stability, cannot be achieved. e. countries that are not firmly allied) the greater the potential military instability in their mutual relations. Europe before 1914 is an example (see Appendix).

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