Nuclear Weapons in a Transformed World: The Challenge of Virtual Nuclear Arsenals

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Nuclear Weapons in a Transformed World: The Challenge of Virtual Nuclear Arsenals

Edited by Michael J. Mazarr
St. Martin's Press, 1997
404 pp. $59.95
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Virtual nuclear arsenals consist of dismantled nuclear weapons, moves toward which form the central theme of this edited work. An impressive array of experts from around the world have contributed essays to the book, not all of them warmly endorsing Mazarr's enthusiasm for a scheme that would leave the current nuclear powers with heaps of bits and pieces in place of missiles and bombers on alert. The obvious problem is that of verification and the danger that a country that might cheat on its rivals and gain a terrifying edge for several weeks as technicians scrambled to rebuild their country's deterrent. One suspects that a world safe for virtual nuclear arsenals will have solved most of its other problems as well.