Supporting Paper: Potential Future Roles for Conventional and Nuclear Forces in Defense of Western Europe



The European Security Study is premised on the assumption that NATO’s “military deterrents to Soviet aggression rely on conventional forces and threatened use of nuclear weapons.” A further premise is that “conventional forces” for NATO “have been relatively neglected” but that a “number of technologies and tactics … may offer attractive potentials” for improvements in deterring Soviet aggression.1


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  1. 3.
    See also Donald R. Cotter, “NATO Theater Nuclear Forces: An Enveloping Military Concept,” Strategic Review, Spring 1981.Google Scholar
  2. 6.
    Donald R. Cotter, James Hansen, and Kirk McConnell, The Nuclear “Balance” in Europe: Status, Trends, Implications, United States Strategic Institute, Report 83–1, January 1983.Google Scholar
  3. 7.
    See Senator S. Nunn’s speech, “MBFR/Theater Nuclear Force Modernization,” German American Roundtable, Washington, D.C., October 22, 1979.Google Scholar

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© The American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.A Technical and Policy Consulting FirmArilingtonUSA

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