Military Aspects of the Contemporary Situation


The Post-World War II Struggle for Power

o     Three atomic bombs in 1945

o     Hydrogen bombs by U.S.A. in 1952 and U.S.S.R. in 1953

o     1957 Soviet ICBM and sputnik


Deterrence Theory

o     Triad and second-strike capability

o     SALT I (1972) and MAD

The Cuban Missile Crisis

o     Then, overwhelming U.S. superiority (1962)

o     After, Soviet build up


Nuclear Weapons

o     Nuclear powers

o     Triad and MIRV

o     Now can launch cruise missiles from air, sea, and ground


Missile Defense Systems

o     SDI

o     NMD

o     TMD


Modern Non-Nuclear Weaponry

o     Chemical and biological

o     "Smart" weapons