Naval War College Review


In an age in which reassessment of traditional wisdom is being regularly called for-witness the debates over the past year regarding such topics as the Panama Canal treaties, the nature of U.S, interests in the Middle East, the normalization of relations with the People's Republic of China, and the role of government in solving domestic social problems-few subjects have the potential importance for the future of the United States than does the subject of strategic nuclear forces. Because of the essentiality of the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal in guaranteeing the viability of our national objectives and those of our allies, any proposed Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty should and must receive careful scrutiny.