A NATO Nuclear Force

  • Lawrence FreedmanEmail author
  • Jeffrey Michaels


All nuclear initiatives directly geared to European security were treated warily in Washington as raising risks of early escalation and in doing so diverting resources away from the top priority of raising the nuclear threshold. Whilst the Europeans wanted to strengthen deterrence, the Administration insisted on keeping tight control over how—if at all—the weapons would be used. But the strength of the Administration’s positions on these issues created a counter-reaction which risked a much larger loss of control, if one after another European power decided to acquire their own nuclear arsenals.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Defence StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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