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US Nuclear Weapons Initiatives in Strategic Context
Description: The Bush Administration’s nuclear weapons policies reflect strategic initiatives intended not merely to meet proximate threats, but to enable an idealistic vision for an offensively active US foreign policy. Pursuit of a wide range of tactical
Date: 07 January 2005
Author: Wade Huntley, Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferatoin Research
Source: SITREP (Royal Canadian Military Institute )
Wade L. Huntley, Director, Disarmament & Non-proliferation Program, Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Research



The Bush Administration’s nuclear weapons policies reflect strategic initiatives intended not merely to meet proximate threats, but to enable an idealistic vision for an offensively active US foreign policy. Pursuit of a wide range of tactical nuclear capabilities and first-use options breaks dramatically from US Cold War policy by casting off deterrence as the central stated justification for US nuclear armament. Instead, ”adaptive planning“ melds nuclear weapons with other capabilities as part of a grand strategy embracing indefinite US ”primacy“ as the foundation for a unilaterally militant international activism.

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