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US Nuclear Weapons Initiatives in Strategic Context
US Nuclear Weapons Initiatives in Strategic Context
Wade Huntley, Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferatoin Research
January 8, 2005
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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