Making the MIRV: A Study of Defense Decision Making

A sophisticated, close-up, yet jargon-free analysis of one of the most fateful strategic weapons decisions of the nuclear era. Greenwood knowingly identifies the multiple actors and complex considerations in the evolving decision process, dissects motivations and perspectives, and draws a set of useful propositions relating to the control of technology. One is that significant U.S. unilateral restraint in the rate of modernization of strategic forces-separate from formal arms control negotiations-is extremely difficult to achieve without strong management of the weapons development process by the Secretary of Defense.

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