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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

1989 Reports

  • The Fifth Horseman: Chemical Warfare Renewed by Major Mark J. Ballas, USMC, Marine Corps University Command and Staff College Marines must be properly trained and equipped to recognize and counter the chemical threat.
  • A European View On Nuclear Deterrance by Major Fred W. Hoogeland, RNLMC, Marine Corps University Command and Staff College The different viewpoints of Western Europe and the USA on nuclear deterrence will remain in the foreseeable future. This ambiguity within the NATO alliance can be managed, provided the European allies are prepared to produce a valid conventional substitute for their understandable aversion against nuclear weapons. Recent developments however do not support this condition.
  • Electromegnetic Pulse: The Continuing Threat To Our Command And Control Systems by Major Larry D. Hosler, USMC, Marine Corps University Command and Staff College The widespread use of the integrated circuit, such as those used in computers and most other modern electronic devices, has increased the possibility of severe degradation or possible total destruction of our command and control networks by the phenomenon known as Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP).
  • Arms Control In The 80s by Major Timothy C. Jones, USAF, Marine Corps University Command and Staff College Negotiations on arms control should be measured by whether they enhance US national security interests. This seems to be happening in the START negotiations.
  • U. S. Strategy Concerning The Use Of Nuclear Forces by Major John F. Scheiner, USMC, Marine Corps University Command and Staff College Does our national strategy on the use of nuclear forces really promote its objectives of peace, security and freedom?
  • The Soviet Nuclear Threat by Major Mark S. Spacher, USAF, Marine Corps University Command and Staff College To reduce the window of vulnerability of a successful Soviet first strike against the U.S., we must educate Americans of the Soviet threat, modernize our stra- tegic forces, vigorously pursue arms control discussions, and protect American citizens should deterrence fail by pursuing SDI and building a strong civil defense.
  • Nuclear Strike: First or Second by Major Ronald A. Seyle, USAF, Marine Corps University Command and Staff College First use of nuclear weapons is vital to the US and NATO policy of deterrence through flexible response.



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