A Commonsense Policy for Avoiding a Disastrous Nuclear Decision

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Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, USN (ret.), a distinguished professor of the practice in the Sam Nunn School, wrote "A Commonsense Policy for Avoiding a Disastrous Nuclear Decision" published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

But the intense time pressure involved in accurately diagnosing, and then ordering and executing a response to a nuclear attack, could easily backfire catastrophically. Specifically, the time pressure inherent in this launch-under-attack approach creates two unacceptable risks: that the president might fail to respond to a real attack, or that he or she might order a nuclear response to a false warning. To address these risks, the president should be able to order a delayed response—an option I call “decide under attack.”

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Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP), Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

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nuclear deterrence, Ballistic missiles, arms control, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts; Sam Nunn School of International Affairs;
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  • Created On: Sep 10, 2019 - 4:45pm
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