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Political Science Security (national & International)

The Nixon Administration and the Making of U.S. Nuclear Strategy

by (author) Terry Terriff

Cornell University Press
Initial publish date
Jun 1995
Security (National & International), Economic Policy, Military Policy, Nuclear Warfare
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    Jun 1995
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In 1974 Richard Nixon's defense secretary, James Schlesinger, announced that the United States would change its nuclear targeting policy from "assured destruction" to "limited nuclear options." In this account of the Schlesinger Doctrine based on newly declassified documents and extensive interviews with key actors, Terry Terriff challenges the Nixon administration's official explanation of why and how this policy innovation occurred.

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Contributor Notes

Terry Terriff is Senior Research Fellow, Strategic Studies Program, University of Calgary.