The strategy of total withholding

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Peter King

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Policy paper

Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence No. 12

This paper describes and criticises official strategic doctrines and what is known of the nuclear weapon safety procedures of the two superpowers. In it Dr King draws attention to many disturbing problems of safety which arise with current and future levels of deployment of nuclear weapons. He then develops the thesis that, in the event of a nuclear onslaught from an enemy power, the United States ought seriously to consider the total witholding of any nuclear response, from the points of view of her own interest and the world at large.

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