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Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Emergent Threats in an Evolving Security Environment [Paperback]

Brian Alexander , Alistair Millar

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25 Sep 2003
Details, like no other book in print, all the pertinent issues concerning tactical nuclear weapons - Contains the most reliable estimate of the size of the Russian tactical nuclear arsenal - Written by top experts from RAND, the Center for Defense Information, the Monterey Institute, Princeton, Georgetown, and MIT For three decades, arms control treaties have provided a legal basis for limiting and reducing long-range nuclear weapons. However, thousands of sub-strategic, or tactical, nuclear weapons (TNWs) are not monitored or controlled by any existing treaties or formal agreements, even though they can pose security risks equal to or exceeding those of strategic nuclear weapons. As the world has seen, the rise of international terrorism highlights the potential dangers of tactical nuclear weapons. Because they can be relatively small and portable - particularly but not exclusively in the case of so-called "suitcase" bombs - tactical nuclear weapons are easier to transport and more vulnerable to theft than other nuclear weapons. In terrorists' hands, they would wreak havoc far surpassing the devastation of September 11. According to the Department of Defense, terrorists would most likely use a nuclear weapon against either a military installation or a political target (a seat of government, large population center, or commercial port city). This possibility raises the stakes in the international effort to control and reduce TNWs. Despite the critical need for a more informed debate on the issues involving tactical nuclear weapons, little has been published previously on this subject. To bring more attention to this long-ignored danger, Brian Alexander and Alistair Millar have assembled a cadre of ten experts who frame the debate on a multitude of issues ranging from terrorism and arms control to the weapons programs of Russia, India, Pakistan, and China.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Brassey's US; New edition edition (25 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574885855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574885859
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 15 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,070,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

BRIAN ALEXANDER is the policy director of the Cuba Policy Foundation. Previously he worked as a research analyst on nonproliferation issues at the Fourth Freedom Forum. ALISTAIR MILLAR is vice president of the Fourth Freedom Forum and director of its Washington, D.C., office. Millar formerly served as a senior analyst at the British-American Security Information Council. They both live in Washington, D.C.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A critical debate on the issues 7 Dec 2003
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This expert analysis of considerable depth and weighty price tag might limit it to college-level collections strong in political issues and military insights, but this solid and very highly recommended analysis of three decades of arms control treaties and their legal and social impact makes for an important guide to any collection interested in international terrorism issues. Little has been published prior to this, making this critical debate on the issues surrounding tactical nuclear weapons an important addition to such a collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The GREATEST book! 28 Jun 2003
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a very fabulous book that every person on the intire planet should read. I happen to know the author, and he is a very good writer and knows what he is talking about. I DEMAND YOU TO READ THIS BOOK :) YOU WILL ENJOY IT!
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