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Caging the Nuclear Genie: An American Challenge for Global Security

Turner, Stansfield

ISBN 10: 0813333288 / ISBN 13: 9780813333281
Published by Westview Press, 1997
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Caging the Nuclear Genie: An American ...

Publisher: Westview Press

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR

Edition: First Edition.

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The Cold War may be over, but you wouldn't know it from the tens of thousands of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons of mass destruction still held by Russia, the United States, and other world powers. Arguing that the time has come to dispense with incremental approaches to arms control, Admiral Stansfield Turner, the former head of the CIA and an experienced senior military commander, proposes a practical yet safe plan that would move the world into a new and secure millennium.Turner carefully analyzes how many nuclear weapons are really needed to maintain our national security, regardless of how many weapons of mass destruction other nations may have. He then offers a dramatic, unilateral American initiative to place all the world's nuclear warheads in strategic escrow” whereby none would be ready for immediate use; to initiate a pledge of no first use” and call on other nations to do the same; and to build national defenses against nuclear attack when they become cost-effective.The paperback edition of this widely acclaimed work has been updated to consider the implications of such a build down if applied to non-nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Specifically, Admiral Turner details how a plan for weapons reduction could be carried out for biological and chemical weapons and what tactical and strategic differences exist between de-escalation of nuclear and non-nuclear weapons.The Turner Plan achieves genuine international security and has the potential to achieve wide, bipartisan support. It deserves to be widely studied, debated, and, finally, implemented.

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As director of the CIA during the Carter administration and former four-star admiral of the Navy, Stansfield Turner is intimately acquainted with the realities of nuclear weapons from a military, political, and ideological perspective. It is precisely these experiences that persuaded him to boldly call for a severe reduction of such armaments. Though Cold War tensions have thawed, the deadly instruments of deterrence remain in droves, with the combined nuclear arsenals of the U.S. and Russia containing more than 35,000 warheads. These weapons may no longer be aimed at the enemies for which they were originally produced, but the sheer numbers raise concerns of theft, sale, accidents, terrorism, and proliferation.

In offering specific disarmament proposals that are as pragmatic as they are optimistic, Turner writes clearly and convincingly on three main points: a policy of "strategic escrow" in which warheads are stored in secure areas a good distance from their launchers, signed treaties pledging no first use of nuclear weapons, and greater emphasis on safety inspections and nuclear defense. He also stresses the importance of an informed and motivated public in dealing with this long-ignored issue. Though the decisions regarding the numbers of weapons created and their possible deployment were reached in secret meetings at the Pentagon, the results of the decisions affect every person on earth. Turner believes that only sustained public pressure can initiate such policies in a timely manner, and Caging the Nuclear Genie serves as an informed motivator for such action.

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