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Author Thomas-Noone, Brandan, author

Title Tactical nuclear weapons in the modern nuclear era / Brendan Thomas-Noone
Published Sydney NSW : Lowy Institute for International Policy, 2016


Description 1 online resource (26 pages)
Series Analysis / Lowy Institute for International Policy
Analysis (Lowy Institute for International Policy)
Summary As the major nuclear powers continue to modernise their nuclear forces, advances in technology are making tactical nuclear weapons more precise and sophisticated. In theory, more robust and credible nuclear arsenals will strengthen deterrence among the major nuclear powers -- the United States, Russia, and China. However, these technological advances also make low-yield tactical nuclear weapons more 'usable' in a wider variety of scenarios, potentially endangering strategic stability and encouraging an arms race. Nuclear use remains a remote possibility compared to the Cold War. Still, technological change is driving the proliferation of advanced conventional military capabilities. Today, more states than ever have the ability to launch long-range precision strikes with nuclear-capable cruise and ballistic missiles. Other conventional military systems that are capable of having strategic effects are also becoming factors in nuclear deterrence dynamics as the major nuclear powers continue to modernise their nuclear arsenals. How these conventional and nuclear programs will interact, and whether the international community can incorporate them into future arms control efforts, will determine their potential effect on strategic stability in the modern nuclear era
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 17-26)
Notes Online resource; title from PDF cover page (Lowy, viewed October 20, 2016)
Subject Tactical nuclear weapons.
Deterrence (Strategy)
Deterrence (Strategy)
Tactical nuclear weapons.
Form Electronic book
Author Lowy Institute for International Policy, publisher.