ERIC Number: ED223478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
United States Security and Salt Two. Report of a Wingspread Conference (Racine, Wisconsin, February 9, 1979).
McLain, Douglas, Jr.
Eugene Rostow (Yale University) and David Tarr (University of Wisconsin) present their views concerning the wisdom and validity of U.S. security policies, including SALT, and the adequacy of the country's political/military planning. Rostow, representing the views of the Committee on the Present Danger, believes that America is losing the capability of mounting a lethal second strike because it has permitted the nuclear balance to tilt against us. Unless the balance is restored, the United States will be unable to reach equitable or safe agreements with the Soviets. Tarr, invited by the Institute of World Affairs, stresses the profound effect of the U.S. descent from nuclear superiority to balance. In his view this parity has weakened the deterrent value of nuclear weapons for protection of our allies. The issue of SALT TWO has become less relevant compared to the juxtaposition of conventional arms and other areas of competition between the superpowers. Both speakers agreed that the Soviet Union does not want nuclear war. Rather, the USSR would prefer to have its adversary concede. (RM)
Descriptors: Disarmament, Foreign Policy, International Relations, National Defense, Peace, War, World Affairs
Johnson Foundation, 33 East Four Mile Road, Racine, WI 53401 (free).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson Foundation, Inc., Racine, WI.; Wisconsin Univ., Milwaukee. Inst. of World Affairs.; Department of State, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Strategic Arms Limitation Talks; USSR