Enhancing European Security: Living in a Less Nuclear World by Ian M. Cuthbertson, David Robertson, John Edwin Mroz

By Ian M. Cuthbertson, David Robertson, John Edwin Mroz

Although the authors think that the extent of traditional and nuclear forces in Europe may still and should be lowered, they don't contemplate that the army tool may have misplaced all of its worth in eu political beliefs. They nonetheless see a necessity to be ready for pressure and conflict.

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Generally, while there may be some overarching military justification for battlefield nuclear systems in terms of the contribution they make to flexible response, the specific case for deploying INF assets has never been well argued. There is, of course, the 'shot across the bow' argument, or the French variant of this for their 'tactical' nuclear weapons (now revealingly relabelled as 'pre-strategic'). But this purpose can be served by other weapons systems. Indeed, since such a strike would be pre-eminently political, it should not be undertaken by SACEUR for theater reasons out of his dedicated nuclear forces.

2. 'US F-111 Set for the UK to Fill INF Gap', Jane's Defence Weekly, 2 July 1988, p. 1335. David Fouquet, 'NATO Air Power Review after INF', Jane's Defence Weekly, 3 March 1989, p. 391. Though budgetary pressures may in fact force the cancellation of Hades. This is quite specifically set out in Discriminate Deterrence: The Report of the Commission on Integrated Long- Term Strategy (Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, January 1988). The account of possible nuclear use models is based on private interviews with defense planners in Washington, DC.

We suggest therefore that anything said hereafter be read against the proposition that the less tangible factors are every bit as important as numbers of hardware. This has long been the WTO's position. If the CFE negotiations are to have any substance and chance of success, it is an approach to which NATO also must adjust itself. Nor are the less tangible factors all that intangible. One important Conventional Force Imbalances: How to Count 39 study on the 'tank gap', for example, reports very concrete data that add up to a convincing technological advantage for NATO armor over WTO tanks.

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