ERIC Number: ED171633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Salt II: Toward Security or Danger? A Balanced Account of the Key Issues in the Debate.
Irwin, Wallace, Jr., Ed.; And Others
Facts and controversial issues concerning SALT II (Strategic Arms Limitations Talks) are examined. The intent of the document is to enable non-specialists in military/strategic matters to arrive at their own conclusions. Central questions explored are: Is it possible to arrive at an agreement that will stabilize strategic arms competition and leave each side confident that the other would not launch a nuclear attack? Is SALT II such an agreement? Will the nation's security be better served by ratifying or by rejecting SALT II? Section I examines the evolution, weaknesses and limitations of agreements leading up to SALT II from 1963 to 1970. Section II presents key concepts and terms relevant to nuclear strategy, including nuclear deterrence, mutual assured destruction, and limited nuclear response. The recent Soviet buildup of arms, a discussion of the vulnerability of the United States' Minuteman Missile, and the question of how compliance with the SALT agreements may be verified are examined. Section III compares the three types of nuclear weapons systems: land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and heavy intercontinental bombers. Section IV focuses on the limits and methods of verification called for in SALT II. Section V discusses attitudes of private organizations, senate members, and public polls toward the agreements. Sections VI and VII summarize the key issues and main arguments for and against SALT II. (KC)
Descriptors: Disarmament, Federal Government, Foreign Policy, Government Role, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, International Relations, Legislators, National Defense, National Organizations, Nuclear Warfare, Nuclear Weapons, Peace, Political Issues, Political Science, Public Opinion, Secondary Education, State of the Art Reviews, Treaties, War, World Problems
Foreign Policy Association, Inc., 345 East 46th Street, New York, New York 10017 ($2.00 plus $0.50 postage and handling)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foreign Policy Association, New York, NY.
Identifiers: United States; USSR