Nuclear Weapons in the Information Age

Nuclear Weapons in the Information Age

by Stephen J. Cimbala


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In today's information age, the coexistence of nuclear weapons with advanced conventional weapons and information-based concepts of warfare is a military contradiction.

Nuclear deterrence was initially predicated on geopolitical, military, and technical assumptions. These were based on Cold War politics, rational deterrence theory, the concept of mutual vulnerability, and the fact that information and technology diffusion were limited. Today, however, far from being obsolete, nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction have not only survived, but have become weapons for states that face security threats, including perceived threats of nuclear blackmail, or expectation of conflicts. This study focuses on this unplanned coexistence of two distinct arts of war, including the possibility that states like the U.S. may be held hostage to nuclear blackmail by "outlier" regimes or terrorists, such as North Korea. It shows that restricting nuclear proliferation should still be on the agenda of policymakers, and calls for a revitalized global nonproliferation regime.

This unique survey by a leading expert will appeal to anyone interested in arms control, nuclear proliferation, and defense policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441181978
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/02/2012
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Stephen J. Cimbala is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Penn State Brandywine and the author of numerous works in the fields of national security studies, nuclear arms control and other fields, including Multinational Military Intervention: NATO Policy, Strategy and Burden Sharing (with P. K. Forster, Ashgate, 2010). An award winning Penn State teacher, Dr. Cimbala has consulted for various U.S. government agencies and defense contractors.

Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter One. Alternative Nuclear RegimesChapter Two. Cyberwar and Nuclear Crisis ManagementChapter Three. Geography and Nuclear Arms ControlChapter Four. Nuclear Abolition: Holy Grail or Dangerous Temptation? Chapter Five. After the Loving: New START and Beyond Chapter Six. Nuclear Threat and North Korea: Dangers and OptionsChapter Seven. Nuclear "First Use" and European Peace: A Risky Bargain? Chapter Eight. Minimum Deterrence and Missile Defenses: Congruent Paths or Competitive Designs? ConclusionBibliography

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