New Weapons Technology and the Concept of Nuclear Threshold: An Appraisal of the Relationship
With the introduction of nuclear weapons into international politics, the relations between states and the associated military doctrines changed dramatically.1 The profoundness of the change has clearly indicated the awesome potentialities of military technology and has since then made us aware of the consequences of military technological innovations. The vigilance has been justified: although there have been no further revolutionary advances such as that embodied in NWs, several other powerful weapon systems have, however, been introduced with serious consequences for the security and stability of the international system. However, the introduction of these weapon systems, whether ICBMs, SLBMs, MIRVs or cruise missiles, although they appear to indicate a dangerous, potentially perilous trend toward a counterforce first-strike capability, has so far not had a disastrous, destabilising effect on the strategic deterrence relationship between East and West.
KeywordsNuclear Weapon Military Force Weapon System Military Technology Theatre Deterrence
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