This book is designed for people who wish to increase their understanding of the political economy of nuclear weapon production and proliferation. It explains the role of military, political, and economic incentives in perpetuating the continued growth of worldwide nuclear arsenals.
Part One: Nuclear Dilemmas 1. Introduction 2. The Strategic Balance 3. NATO's Nuclear Addiction 4. Nuclear Proliferation Part Two: The Design of Nuclear Defense 5. Levels of Capability 6. Evolving Technologies Part Three: The Economics of Nuclear Weapons 7. Nuclear Weapon Infrastructure 8. Nuclear Weapons and the Competition for National Resources 9. The Impact of U.S. Regional Defense Spending on the Inertia for Nuclear Weapons 10. Nuclear Weapons and Competition for the Allies' National Resources 11. Nuclear Weapons and the Competition for Soviet National Resources 12. Reallocating Strategic and Tactical Nuclear Weapon Resources to Non-Defense Applications—A U.S. Example Part Four: The Future: Nuclear Politics, Inertia and Alternatives 13. Nuclear Weapons and the Future Strategic Position of the United States 14. Nuclear Weapons and the Future Strategic Position of the European NATO Allies 15. Nuclear Weapons and the Future Strategic Position of the Soviet Union 16. Arms Control 17. Finding Strategies to Deal with the Nuclear Weapon Dilemma