The current standstill in U.S.-Soviet arms limitation negotiations has raised a number of questions about the effectiveness of arms limitation treaties, whether it is possible to negotiate an arms control agreement that would actually cut back on U.S. and Soviet strategic arsenals, and how such an arms reduction could be accomplished. The authors of this book explore the problems of arms competition in the 1980s and stress the need for a complete reassessment of U.S. security interests lest negotiations become curiously disconnected from defense policy. To protect national interests, they assert, future arms limitation talks must allow for effective unilateral response to new classes of military problems and technologies. Each contributor addresses a specific area of arms negotiations, identifying various options, outlining potential outcomes, and discussing whether the talks actually are focusing on the right military issues. The book also provides an overview of previous U.S. arms limitation strategies and describes the Soviet approach to integrating national security with arms control policies.
Foreword -- Defense Policy and Arms Control: Defining the Problem -- Banning Nuclear Testing -- Force Reductions and Security in Europe -- Arms Control and Defense Planning in Soviet Strategic Policy -- Theater Nuclear Forces and "Gray Area" Arms Control -- Institutional Impediments -- Arms Trade Control -- Arms Control and the Indian Ocean -- Limiting Strategic Forces -- Restraints in Outer Space?