Managing India's Nuclear Forces (Google eBook)

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Brookings Institution Press, Apr 16, 2012 - Political Science - 294 pages
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India is now enmeshed in the deterrence game actively with its traditional adversary Pakistan, and potentially with China. At the same time it is finding easier access to fissile materials and strategic technologies. In order to deal with these developments safely and wisely, the nation needs a much more sophisticated and multidisciplinary understanding of the strategic, technological, operational, and cost issues involved in nuclear matters.

In this important book, Indian strategic analyst Verghese Koithara explains and evaluates India's nuclear force management, encouraging a broad public conversation that may act as a catalyst for positive change before the subcontinent experiences unthinkable carnage.

The defense management system of a nuclear power absolutely needs to be sound and thorough. In addition to the considerable demands of managing its nuclear forces, it also must control conventional forces in a manner that forestalls nuclear escalation of a conflict by either side. Expanding and upgrading nuclear forces without enhancing deterrence is dangerous and should be avoided. India's nuclear force management system is grafted onto a woefully inadequate overall system of defense management.

Koithara dissects all of these issues and suggests a way forward, drawing on recent developments in deterrence theory around the world.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Strategic Considerations
18
The Challenge of Deterrence
53
A Unique Nuclear Path
87
The Triad
106
Nuclear Hardware
122
Hardware to Forces
142
Operational Level Management
162
Development of Nuclear Forces
211
The Use of Nuclear Forces
235
The Manyfaceted Challenge
247
References
275
About the Author
287
Index
288
Back Flap
295
Back Cover
296

Indias Nuclear Force Management System
175
Nuclear Strategy
194

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About the author (2012)

Verghese Koithara is an independent strategic analyst whose previous books include Crafting Peace in Kashmir: Through a Realist Lens and Society, State and Security: The Indian Experience. He retired from the Indian Navy as a Vice Admiral in 1998.

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