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Chinese tactical nuclear weapons

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Published by Naval Postgraduate School, Available from National Technical Information Service in Monterey, Calif, Springfield, Va .
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The United States, Russia and Great Britain have retired all nonstrategic nuclear weapons. Surprisingly, China has not. China seems to value highly tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs). Most studies of China"s nuclear arsenal focus on strategic nuclear weapons. This focus could mislead those trying to understand PRC TNW strategy. The purpose of this thesis is to explain China"s TNW development. China"s nuclear arsenal evolution can be described in three phases. In the first phase, China developed a limited strategic nuclear deterrent. China"s arsenal was driven by threat. Technology supplanted threat as the dominant driver during the next phase. While conducting research to miniaturize strategic warheads, TNWs were developed. During the third phase, a reduced threat caused political leaders to restrain the nuclear program. The nuclear program reverted to its primary objective -- building strategic weapons, causing TNW production to level off. This study explains the last two phases of TNW development. The research goals are twofold: to compare threat and technology, the primary motivations driving TNW production; and to examine the relationship between doctrine and development, describing how one influences the other. The conclusion offers U.S. foreign policy recommendations.

Edition Notes

StatementGregory B. Owens
The Physical Object
Pagination70 p. ;
Number of Pages70
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL25266533M

Tactical nuclear weapons, typically measured in kilotons, are designed for battlefield use—that is, against large military forces, like huge tank formations, aircraft carrier battle groups.


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estimates, according to a retired Russian. ERWs, better known as "neutron bombs," are specialized nuclear weapons with reduced blast effects and enhanced radiation, making them ideal tactical and antipersonnel weapons.

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good faith, Washington unilaterally withdrew its tactical nuclear weapons from the South in the early s. Colin Gray once noted, in his book “Weapons Don’t Make War” (Univ Press of Kansas, ), that the absence of experience with nuclear conflict had resulted in the “fashionable judgment.

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ERWs, better known as "neutron bombs," are specialized nuclear weapons with reduced blast effects and enhanced radiation, making them ideal tactical and antipersonnel weapons.

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What is the role that tactical or non-strategic nuclear weapons (NSNWs) play in NATO defense policy and strategy. This book examines the key issues surrounding this question as the Alliance seeks to redefine itself in the 21st century and meet the requirements in the Defense and Deterrence Policy : Among them are Sky Masters, in which a Chinese naval vessel uses a tactical nuclear weapon near Indonesia; Fatal Terrain, in which China launches a nuclear attack on Taiwan; Chains of Command in which Russia attacks the Ukraine with nuclear weapons, and the Ukraine destroys a Russian bunker with a nuclear bomb and Plan of Attack, in which.

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And Russia Are Stocking Up On Missiles And Nukes For A Different Kind Of War The U.S. and Russia seem increasingly interested in battlefield nuclear weapons. Arms control advocates fear a. Nuclear Weapons and Conflict in South Asia a forthcoming book by George Perkovich will provide an initial overview.

all asked what response India would have to the Chinese use of. Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Emergent Threats in an Evolving Security Environ-ment, eds.

Brian Alexander and Alistair Millar (Washington, DC: Brasseys,’ ), 68– The GBU is the most powerful nonnuclear weapon in the US arsenal. While its full capabilities and yield are classified, it carries 5, lbs.

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