Why Nuclear Superiority Doesn't Matter

  title={Why Nuclear Superiority Doesn't Matter},
  author={Robert L. Jervis},
  journal={Political Science Quarterly},
  • R. Jervis
  • Published 24 January 1979
  • Political Science
  • Political Science Quarterly
Recent debates on the role of nuclear weapons in American defense policy have not clarified the important issues or dealt with the underlying assumptions that are involved. While some of the specifics of the arguments are new, the basic questions are as old as the nuclear era and can be referred to as the dispute between those who advocate a policy of Assured Destruction (AD) and those who call for Flexible Response (FR). Proponents of AD believe that any nuclear war will be all-out war and… 
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