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Crisis Stability And Nuclear War
Crisis Stability And Nuclear War
Edited by Kurt Gottfried and Bruce G. Blair
Oxford, 1988, 300 pp
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The authors of this volume, more than usually integrated by the editors, are a who's who of strategy, especially command and control. Their premise is sobering: the world has not seen a serious Soviet-American confrontation since the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, and so today's lessons from that too-much-studied episode are suspect. The superpowers' command and control systems should be thought of as "a single interacting system composed of men and machines," which a crisis would place under mounting strain. Their analysis is detailed and their recommendations sensible if not entirely new.