The risks of sharp reductions are of the greatest magnitude, and so are the possible consequences. “Existential deterrence,” the pivotal concept in Admiral Turner’s scheme, is a very risky and dangerous approach to nuclear deterrence—for if it fails, it fails catastrophically.
Barnett, Roger W.
"What Deters? Strength, Not Weakness,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 54
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol54/iss2/4