This book examines U.S. attempts to establish a nuclear deterrent against the Soviet Union and offers new approaches to dealing with the changing strategic environment. It is designed as a contribution to the quality of strategic thought.
1. Introduction 2. The Assured Vulnerability Model of Deterrence 3. Assured Vulnerability and the United States Strategic Force Posture 4. The Inadequacy of Assured Vulnerability 5. The Soviet Union: A Status Quo Power? 6. Soviet Strategic Thought 7. The Strategic Balance and the Value of Superiority 8. An Adequate theory of Deterrence: A Balanced Approach to offense and Defense 9. Summary and Conclusion